The Bechdel Test

It goes like this: For a given work of fiction to pass the test, the work must 1) have at least two women in it, who 2) talk to each other, about 3) something other than a man.

The test is a basic measure of gender equality in a given film/show/book that to this day is ridiculously often not passed by Hollywood movies. The standard got its name from the cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who, in a 1985 strip from her comic Dykes to Watch Out For, introduced the idea as a winking criticism of male-dominated movies.

FiveThirtyEight did a study last year of 1,794 movies produced from 1970 to 2013 and found that just over half of them managed to pass the test. In 2015, 45% of this year’s biggest movies failed the Bechdel Test- which translates no improvement.

Ugh- our sexist culture is so pervasive- no wonder Hillary is so poorly treated. Maybe we need more than a Bechdel Test– maybe even an Equal Rights Amendment?

Published by SilkQuilt

Pittsburgh-based fiber artist, Louise Silk, creates art that combines aesthetics and functionality with meaning and memories. From the influence of a 1972 MS Magazine article to the current SILKDENIM label, her quilt experiences culminate in a display of her particular capacity to use her patchwork skills to piece together just about anything into an aesthetic meaningful whole.

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