History UsefulNotes / TheBechdelTest

24th Mar '17 3:05:36 PM Tightwire
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This is because the Bechdel Test is ''not'' meant as a moral or ethical judgement on the quality of female characters in a work. It is entirely possible for a film to pass without having pro-feminist themes, or even characterizing females positively.

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This is because the Bechdel Test is ''not'' meant as a moral or ethical judgement on the quality strength or depth of female characters in a work. It is entirely possible for a film to pass without having pro-feminist themes, or even characterizing females positively.
20th Mar '17 8:14:43 PM Clamanath
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' was so flooded with diverse female characters that [[HeManWomanHater Men's Rights Activists]] called for a boycott of it. [[DramaticIrony Hilariously, women went to see it]] PRECISELY because they were making such a fuss, and the Internet soon spawned the Furiosa Test in honor of the biggest female protagonist. According to Fanlore.com:

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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' was so flooded with diverse female characters that infamous sexist website [[HeManWomanHater Men's Rights Activists]] Return of the Kings]] called for a boycott of it. [[DramaticIrony Hilariously, women went to see it]] PRECISELY because they were making such a fuss, and the Internet soon spawned the Furiosa Test in honor of the biggest female protagonist. According to Fanlore.com:
23rd Feb '17 8:20:50 PM BigJaredMonkey
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For instance, ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'' and ''The Bikini Carwash Company'', films whose treatment of women range from incredibly {{squick}}y to tasteless {{fanservice}}, have passed the test. In fact, the original example of a movie that passes is ''Film/{{Alien}}'', which, while it has feminist subtexts, is mostly just a sci-fi/action/horror flick. There's nothing necessarily wrong with any film flunking the Bechdel Test. A fair number of top-notch works have legitimate reasons for [[ChromosomeCasting including no women]]. What's a problem is that ''so many'' movies fail the test, creating a pattern which says [[UnfortunateImplications uncomfortable things]] about the way Hollywood handles gender.

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For instance, ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'' and ''The Bikini Carwash Company'', films whose treatment of women range from incredibly {{squick}}y to tasteless {{fanservice}}, have passed the test. In fact, the original example of a movie that passes is ''Film/{{Alien}}'', which, while it has feminist subtexts, is mostly just a sci-fi/action/horror flick. And believe it or not, the video for Sir-Mix-a-Lot's rather sexist ode to the female ass, "Baby Got Back", '''''also''''' passes the Bechdel Test.

There's nothing necessarily wrong with any film flunking the Bechdel Test. A fair number of top-notch works have legitimate reasons for [[ChromosomeCasting including no women]]. What's a problem is that ''so many'' movies fail the test, creating a pattern which says [[UnfortunateImplications uncomfortable things]] about the way Hollywood handles gender.
15th Feb '17 10:26:27 AM crazysamaritan
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* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' references the reverse Bechdel test in the title of [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1426 this strip]]. (The strip itself fails badly.)

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* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' references the reverse Bechdel test in the title of [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1426 this strip]]. (The strip itself fails badly.)
16th Jan '17 9:26:38 PM jerodast
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* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' references the reverse Bechdel test in the title of [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1426 this strip]].

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* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' references the reverse Bechdel test in the title of [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1426 this strip]]. (The strip itself fails badly.)
13th Jan '17 6:30:15 PM Malady
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** ''Series/Class2016'': Episode 1:
--> '''APRIL''': I think I'm going to ask Charlie to the prom.
--> '''TANYA''': And you just made us fail the Bechdel test.
--> '''APRIL''': The what? You're funny.
29th Dec '16 8:53:39 AM crazysamaritan
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* Most of the conversations in the ''Webcomic/GiftsOfWanderingIce'' are between women (it's a matriarchal world), and not about men.
29th Dec '16 8:48:29 AM crazysamaritan
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** A notable failure of the test occurs in the made-for-DVD mini-episode "Clara and the TARDIS", in which companion Clara Oswald engages in a conversation with the Doctor's TARDIS (previously established in the episode "The Doctor's Wife" as being both female and possessing affection for the Doctor, to the point of breaking the show's [[TheILoveYouStigma "I Love You" Stigma]], so she counts as another female), and the entirety of their conversation - when Clara isn't complaining about being the victim of a practical joke by the TARDIS - is about the Doctor.
29th Dec '16 8:46:29 AM crazysamaritan
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* In the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode ''Magnetic'' Lana Lang and Chloe Sullivan are enjoying a day at the Lowell County fair, their "girls' day out" when Lana mentions Clark by name. Chloe responds with, "And we almost went through an entire day without mentioning our favorite farm boy."

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* In the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode ''Magnetic'' "Magnetic" Lana Lang and Chloe Sullivan are enjoying a day at the Lowell County fair, their "girls' day out" when Lana mentions Clark by name. Chloe responds with, "And we almost went through an entire day without mentioning our favorite farm boy."
22nd Dec '16 10:55:15 AM system
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