History UsefulNotes / TheBechdelTest

12th Jun '17 2:34:15 PM Sharysa
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* [[Film/WonderWoman2017 2017's live-action Wonder Woman film]] passes the Furiosa test. It was already making men angry/uncomfortable, but thanks to a theater in Texas hosting a women-only night for promotional purposes, [[MinorInjuryOverreaction they finally lost their shit and complained that it was like segregation was being brought back.]]

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* [[Film/WonderWoman2017 2017's live-action Wonder Woman film]] passes the Furiosa test. It was already making men angry/uncomfortable, but thanks to [[https://www.bustle.com/p/the-alamo-drafthouse-austin-addresses-this-all-female-wonder-woman-screening-backlash-in-a-truly-heroic-way-60409 a theater in Texas Texas]] hosting a women-only night for promotional purposes, [[MinorInjuryOverreaction they finally lost their shit and complained that it was like segregation was being brought back.]]
12th Jun '17 2:29:26 PM Sharysa
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* [[Film/WonderWoman2017 2017's live-action Wonder Woman film]] passes the Furiosa test. It was already making men angry/uncomfortable, but thanks to a theater in Texas hosting a women-only night for promotional purposes, [[MinorInjuryOverreaction they finally lost their shit and complained that it was like segregation was being brought back.]]
31st May '17 8:56:46 AM carduser123
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* ''ComicBook/DruidCity'': One character, who is a strident feminist, [[http://druidcitycomic.com/comic/volume-1-page-093/ was added to the story]] so that the first volume of the series would pass the test. The same character, Carla Cortez, has gone on to be an ''AuthorAvatar'' in sociopolitical discussions that take place in the series.

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* ''ComicBook/DruidCity'': One character, who is a strident feminist, [[http://druidcitycomic.com/comic/volume-1-page-093/ was added to the story]] story so that the first volume of the series would pass the test. The same character, Carla Cortez, has gone on to be an ''AuthorAvatar'' in sociopolitical discussions that take place in the series.
29th May '17 12:28:22 PM AthenaBlue
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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."
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' once had a host segment lampshading how the show sort of fails this due to TheSmurfettePrinciple. Crow begins a discussion of how women are poorly represented, which promptly derails into [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1CvTlQSrYY a conspiracy rant about how women don't actually exist]].



* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Mummy on the Orient Express" lampshades it when Clara tries to comfort a woman about her boyfriend for much of the episode, before complaining that she's on her own with another woman, so why can't they talk about something other than men? The fact that their resulting conversation is about the Doctor (who Clara is trying to work out her own relationship with) is a further lampshading.

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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'': In the episode "Josh Has No Idea Where I Am!" Rebecca goes through a YetAnotherChristmasCarol story with her therapist acting as her "Dream Ghost". She becomes exasperated when the subject keeps getting back to the men in Rebecca's life, finally saying, "God, do you know how hard it is to pass a Bechdel Test when you're a Dream Ghost?"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E8MummyOnTheOrientExpress
"Mummy on the Orient Express" Express"]] lampshades it when Clara tries to comfort a woman about her boyfriend for much of the episode, before complaining that she's on her own with another woman, so why can't they talk about something other than men? The fact that their resulting conversation is about the Doctor (who Clara is trying to work out her own relationship with) is a further lampshading.



--> '''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.
* In ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' in the episode "Women's Circle," it references how all the women from the Possoum Lodge area have come together, and that all they talk about is something other than the men in their lives. The show itself does not pass at all, primarily due to a dearth of female characters.

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--> '''APRIL''': --->'''April:''' I think I'm going to ask Charlie to the prom.
--> '''TANYA''':
prom.\\
'''Tanya:'''
And you just made us fail the Bechdel test.
--> '''APRIL''':
test.\\
'''April:'''
The what? You're funny.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' once had a host segment lampshading how the show sort of fails this due to TheSmurfettePrinciple. Crow begins a discussion of how women are poorly represented, which promptly derails into [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1CvTlQSrYY a conspiracy rant about how women don't actually exist]].
* In the ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' episode, “Article Two”, a local citizen Garth (Creator/PattonOswalt) gives a [[ThrowItIn completely ad-libbed]] filibuster, in which he proposes an IntercontinuityCrossover between the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe and the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. It takes a long time for him to mention a single female character, and when he finally does Leslie Knope is not impressed.
-->'''Garth''': Then [[Characters/StarWarsLukeSkywalker Luke]] looks down and [[Characters/StarWarsHanSoloCharacterSheet Han’s]] [[ReturningTheWeddingRing wedding ring is gone]]. “Hey, what happened with you and [[Characters/StarWarsLeiaOrgana Leia]]?” And Han’s like, “Don’t even get me started.” So now, you know, where did Leia go? She’s not gone, but we will find out in a sec, now the whole …\\
'''Leslie''': The female part is a little underwritten so far, sir. I’d like to note that.
* In ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' in the episode "Women's Circle," Circle", it references how all the women from the Possoum Lodge area have come together, and that all they talk about is something other than the men in their lives. The show itself does not pass at all, primarily due to a dearth of female characters.characters.
* 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."



* ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'': In the episode "Josh Has No Idea Where I Am!" Rebecca goes through a YetAnotherChristmasCarol story with her therapist acting as her "Dream Ghost." She becomes exasperated when the subject keeps getting back to the men in Rebecca's life, finally saying, "God, do you know how hard it is to pass a Bechdel Test when you're a Dream Ghost?"
* In the ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' episode, “Article Two,” a local citizen Garth (Creator/PattonOswalt) gives a [[ThrowItIn completely ad-libbed]] filibuster, in which he proposes an IntercontinuityCrossover between the Franchise/StarWars universe and the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. It takes a long time for him to mention a single female character, and when he finally does Leslie Knope is not impressed.
-->'''Garth''': Then [[Characters/StarWarsLukeSkywalker Luke]] looks down and [[Characters/StarWarsHanSolo Han’s]] [[ReturningTheWeddingRing wedding ring is gone]]. “Hey, what happened with you and [[Characters/StarWarsLeiaOrgana Leia]]?” And Han’s like, “Don’t even get me started.” So now, you know, where did Leia go? She’s not gone, but we will find out in a sec, now the whole …
-->'''Leslie''': The female part is a little underwritten so far, sir. I’d like to note that.
27th May '17 1:11:51 PM rjd1922
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* VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} may be MsFanservice, but manages to pass this test ''every'' time she speaks to another woman in her own game.
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27th May '17 11:34:34 AM mkmckoy
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* In the ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' episode, “Article Two,” a local citizen Garth (Creator/PattonOswalt) gives a [[ThrowItIn completely ad-libbed]] filibuster, in which he proposes an IntercontinuityCrossover between the Franchise/StarWars universe and the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. It takes a long time for him to mention a single female character, and when he finally does Leslie Knope is not impressed.
-->'''Garth''': Then [[Characters/StarWarsLukeSkywalker Luke]] looks down and [[Characters/StarWarsHanSolo Han’s]] [[ReturningTheWeddingRing wedding ring is gone]]. “Hey, what happened with you and [[Characters/StarWarsLeiaOrgana Leia]]?” And Han’s like, “Don’t even get me started.” So now, you know, where did Leia go? She’s not gone, but we will find out in a sec, now the whole …
-->'''Leslie''': The female part is a little underwritten so far, sir. I’d like to note that.
13th May '17 10:17:37 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} may be MsFanservice, but manages to pass this test ''every'' time she speaks to another woman in her own game.
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13th Apr '17 2:04:25 PM ScrewySqrl
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For other tropes regarding the representation of gender in media, see TheSmurfettePrinciple (one female character included strictly for demographic appeal in a work with many male characters, making it impossible to pass rule 1), NeverASelfMadeWoman (a female character is only relevant to the story by her relationship to a man), GenderEqualEnsemble (an EnsembleCast has nearly 50-50 ratio of genders), and ChromosomeCasting (works featuring only male characters or only female, but not both). The prevalence of TokenRomance and RomanticPlotTumor contribute to works failing rule 3 of the test.

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For other tropes regarding the representation of gender in media, see TheSmurfettePrinciple (one female character included strictly for demographic appeal in a work with many male characters, making it impossible to pass rule 1), NeverASelfMadeWoman (a female character is only relevant to the story by her relationship to a man), GenderEqualEnsemble (an EnsembleCast has nearly 50-50 ratio of genders), and ChromosomeCasting (works featuring only male characters or only female, but not both). The prevalence of TokenRomance and RomanticPlotTumor contribute to works failing rule 3 of the test. \n On the other hand, works in the PinkBishoujoGhetto will usually pass, if only for the dearth of male characters.
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:
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