An excerpt from Kelsey McKinney's article -

"2014 is half over, and there's no time like the present to look at how well Hollywood is behaving.

One area of Hollywood's behavior that is easy to evaluate is the portrayal of women in movies.  Thus far, movies aren't making much progress in the way they portray women. At least according to The Bechdel Test.

The Bechdel Test is a litmus test to assess the presence of women in movies. The term originated in 1985 from Alison Bechdel's famous comic Dykes to Watch Out For. The Bechdel Test is meant to determine whether women were portrayed in movies as people and not simply pawns of male characters.

To pass the test, all a film has to do is answer yes to three questions:

  • 1. Are there more than two named female characters?
  • 2. Do the two female characters have a conversation at any point?
  • 3. Is that conversation about anything other than a male character?

That's it. All a film has to do is feature two women having a conversation on screen that is about anything other than a man and it passes the test. While this seems like a shockingly simple test to pass, very few do. In a study of 1,794 movies from 1970 to 2013, " Walter Hickey of fivethirtyeight found that just over half of them passed the test.  This year isn't looking much better."

Read the rest of the article here.

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