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Bechdel Test

New Film Starring Kristen Stewart Passes The Bechdel Test With Flying Colors

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.17.2016 | Arts

Beth Travis ― an elegantly disheveled young lawyer played by Kristen Stewart ― sits in a diner, eating a hamburger. Another much quieter woman sit...

Faith Takes Center Stage In 'The Innocents'

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 06.29.2016 | Religion
Angela Bonavoglia

The Innocents is an extraordinary new film from acclaimed French director Anne Fontaine. In Polish and French, it tells the true story of a young Fre...

Feminisney: When Disney Meets Feminism

Sean Randall | Posted 06.23.2016 | Entertainment
Sean Randall

It is absolutely undeniable that media, even fictional, can shape our perceptions of reality, of ourselves, and of our futures. And if you think that non-heterosexual, non-white, non-male people and their aspirations and equality in society matter, then feminism is incredibly important for media.

This Week In Normalization: A Top Exec Gets #OscarsSoWhite But America Doesn't

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 02.19.2016 | Entertainment

The entertainment industry is timidly embracing a long-overdue discussion on what we'll call "normalization" -- allowing directors, screenwriters, pro...

10 Awesome Movie Ideas That Pass The Bechdel Test

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 01.17.2016 | Entertainment

Hollywood films have become about as formulaic as our old AP math homework -- add one part historical drama with one part heroic triumph over hardship...

A Rey of Sunshine

Graham Milne | Posted 12.27.2015 | Entertainment
Graham Milne

She is brave, skilled, resourceful, determined. She has a past that is not spelled out for us but rather is left as a tantalizing mystery. She is no one's love interest, and is not defined by her relationships with or unrequited longings for any particular man. And she kicks tremendous ass.

If Back to the Future Passed the Bechdel Test

Mindi Westhoff | Posted 11.20.2015 | Women
Mindi Westhoff

Lovers of the Back to the Future franchise, like me, desperately want at least one film in the trilogy to pass all three parts of the Bechdel test: That two or more named women have a conversation, and they discuss something other than men.

Why Films Like 'Trainwreck' Are Essential To Feminist Activism

Johanna Evans | Posted 09.30.2016 | Women
Johanna Evans

Seeing the right films at the right time can turn a moviegoer into an activist -- but you need perspective on the issue, you need to feel empowered by rage and allowed to feel joy. Amy Schumer may not have set out to write a comedy for sexual assault survivors, but I think she's succeeded at the impossible.

Films That Totally Fail The Sexy Lamp Test

Ravishly | Posted 07.09.2016 | Women

We've all heard of the Bechdel Test. Hopefully. Please tell me you've heard of the Bechdel Test. It's kind of the world's favorite oft-misinterpreted method for monitoring how terrible women's representation is in film.

Alison Bechdel: Is Caveh Zahedi God?

Fandor | Posted 06.18.2016 | Women

Authored by Alison Bechdel "I was transfixed by the spectacle of someone apparently even more self-absorbed than I was." -- Alison Bechdel Alison...

The Real Reason Paul Feig Writes Incredible Female Characters

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 06.02.2015 | Women

After "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat," Paul Feig's "Spy" is the writer/director's third film to feature female protagonists who have a lot more to talk a...

Why the Bechdel Test Fails Feminism

Anna Waletzko | Posted 06.27.2015 | College
Anna Waletzko

The female characters in films are typically not substantial, especially compared to the male characters they "share" the screen with. The women are often portrayed as one-dimensional and male-dependent. They are "damsels in distress," desperate to be saved by -- yeah, you guessed it, a dude.

Alison Bechdel: 'Sex And The City' Wouldn't Pass The Bechdel Test, But I'm Still Its 'Number One Fan'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 10.03.2014 | Women

In order for a movie to pass the Bechdel test, it must feature two women in conversation talking about something other than a man. And while the HBO s...

USA Network, Playing House Is Groundbreaking and Here's Why

Dana Elle Salzberg | Posted 11.24.2014 | Entertainment
Dana Elle Salzberg

USA Network, I'm trying to be on your side since you were the ones who took a chance on Playing House in the first place, but it's as if you don't understand the magic of what you now have.

Here Are The 21 MacArthur Geniuses You Should Know This Year

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts

From a 36-year-old Harvard mathematician to 71-year-old independent historian to 53-year-old public artist, the class of 2014 MacArthur Fellows is her...

The Test that 70% of Us Are Failing

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 10.26.2014 | Women
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Researchers are scratching their heads trying to figure out why it's so rare to have women talking to each other about something other than men.

Claire Fallon

12 Amazing Books That Pass The Bechdel Test | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.18.2014 | Books

Belle, Divergent, and The Other Woman passed it. The Avengers and A Million Ways to Die in the West, not so much. The Bechdel Test, proposed by cartoo...

Why Women in Film Matter

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.06.2014 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

Without women's stories, we see only half of our world. Without women filmmakers showing us what it really means to be a woman within what has long been a patriarchal society, we cannot appreciate the many struggles women have experienced, nor the sweetness of the victories won.

70 Percent of Real Women Fail the Bechdel Test

Reductress | Posted 07.28.2014 | Comedy

This post originally appeared on When asked if they had at least two female friends who they talk to about something besides men, Y...

The One Problem With 'The Lego Movie'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 04.10.2014 | Entertainment

"The Lego Movie" wasn't entirely perfect -- even though it grossed $400 million like no big deal. It could have represented women better, "The Lego Mo...

Dear Hollywood, Women Make You Better Movies And More Money

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 04.02.2014 | Women

Even though most moviegoers are female, Hollywood still seems to have a major woman problem. Whether it's directing, writing or acting -- roles for wo...

Why Vampire Academy Is Different From Other YA Movies

Mark Waters | Posted 04.06.2014 | Entertainment
Mark Waters

You've probably heard of the Bechdel test, which evaluates movies based on three simple questions. It's shocking how few Hollywood releases can actually answer those three questions with a "Yes."

This Graph Proves Everyone Loses When Hollywood Is Sexist

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

It's no secret that women are underrepresented in Hollywood. From "The Wolf Of Wall Street" to "Star Trek Into Darkness," many films lack developed f...

Putting Kids' Shows to the Bechdel Test

Kayla Williams | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Kayla Williams

Earlier this year, I heard about the Bechdel test. It wasn't long before I started thinking about the shows my kids watch and wondering how they would perform on a modified version of it.

It's a Man's World at the Movies

Nina Burleigh | Posted 02.02.2014 | Entertainment
Nina Burleigh

Most real men aren't heroic global fugitives, any more than are most women. So why do they get the fantasy, and we not? Maybe if more women wrote and directed movies we'd have more interesting women doing more interesting things onscreen.