It's amazing how few movies pass this test, and it's a good talking piece to think about how sexism is still rampant in the movie/arts world. For a list of movies and their pass/fail status, check out this site. And then think about how many movies would pass if it were reversed--men talking to each other about something besides a girl.
This post is a quicky, but I just thought I'd bring it up, because I think it's a really interesting thing. I think less books than movies would fail it, but that would be interesting to look at as well. More importantly, it tells us that we still need to be aware of prejudices and their effect on the arts -- sexism, racism, ableism, and more.
I'd like to start a conversation on this, so please give me your thoughts -- in other words, sound off! Why is sexism still a big problem in the arts? How does all of this apply to books (and would your favorites pass)? How does your favorite movie rank on this test? Do you think it's even a good idea to put movies to the Bechdel Test?
Thanks for your contributions, and I hope to see you next time for some book recommendations!
In other news before I go, I saw Mockingjay Pt 1 (which I do believe passes this test) on premiere night and I'm still mildly traumatized. Trigger warning for those who have suffered through abuse/assault/etc. But it's really good overall! I'm also continuing to struggle my way through NaNo. This is the weirdest book I've ever written in my life, so we will see. Good luck to those of you still working on NaNo right along with me! See you next time.
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