Of the 25 top grossing movies of 2016, a measly half passed the test
. Considering the ridiculously low bar in order for the film to pass – that’s pretty poor. Also, research conducted by The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film discovered that of the 4,370 speaking named characters from the top-grossing films in 2015, only 31.4% were women and 26.3% were underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.
The test is not a measure of how good or ‘feminist’ a film is but it does highlight just how male-dominated cinema really is
. It’s a simple, albeit imperfect test, but as author Alison Bechdel herself says ‘it’s a bit of fun
’. It gives us something to think and do something about.
We named ‘Bechdel Films’ after the ‘Dykes to Watch Out For’ comic strip episode The Rule by Alison Bechdel, but not in collaboration with the artist herself. Alison Bechdel is not personally involved in this organisation in any way.