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?