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The Bechdel TestEdit

When a work of fiction has:

  1. At least two female characters
  2. Who talk to each other
  3. About something other than a man.

Help us out by adding your favorite works, or adding examples to existing pages. Debate what you think passes or fails (does the monster in Alien count as male?). We're here to discuss, not just pass a verdict!

About the TestEdit

The Bechdel Test was created in 1985 by the cartoonist Alison Bechdel. It originally appeared in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Although the Bechdel Test is an interesting and fun way to look at the appearance and role of women in films and other media, we recognize that it is not the only or ultimate way to judge a film's diversity. It is of course possible for a work to contain many female characters but fail the test, or possible for a work to pass the test but still be considered sexist. 

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The original strip containing the rules of The Bechdel Test