History UsefulNotes / TheBechdelTest

9th Dec '17 12:06:31 PM Nohbody
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* While she didn't call it by name, Creator/LaurenFaust referenced this trope, claiming that a [[RomanticPlotTumor focus on romantic plots and subplots]] is what [[GirlShowGhetto ruins a lot of girl's shows]].

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* While she didn't call it by name, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' creator Creator/LaurenFaust referenced this trope, claiming that a [[RomanticPlotTumor focus on romantic plots and subplots]] is what [[GirlShowGhetto ruins a lot of girl's shows]].
29th Nov '17 1:56:58 AM eroock
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* ''Film/{{Contact}}'' technically passes. Ellie asks Chief of Staff Rachel Constantine where she can buy a really great dress.
9th Oct '17 6:58:31 PM PantaroP
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* Brought up by Alison Bechdel herself in ''WesternAnimations/TheSimpsons'' in the episode "Springfield Splendor", where she's guest starring as herself in a convention panel for female creators of comics. Marge's reaction to hearing about the Bechdel test:
-->'''Marge:''' That's so interesting. [[{{Irony}} I'll have to tell my husband about that.]]
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6th Oct '17 4:59:54 PM sgamer82
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* In an episode of ''Podcast/HowDidThisGetMade'', Jason Mantzoukas an observation he says up front sounds insane: ''Film/NinjaTerminator'', one of the Film/GodfreyHoNinjaMovies, passes the Bechdel Test by virtue of a scene of two female characters discussing a clothing design company they run together. Later in the episode, the hosts realize that between this scene and two sex scenes that seemed more focused on the woman's pleasure than the man's, ''Ninja Terminator'' may well be one of the most pro-feminist films they've ever reviewed.
19th Sep '17 8:50:45 AM ThomasProofreader
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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. On the other hand, works in the PinkBishoujoGhetto will usually pass, if only for the dearth of male characters.

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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. On the other hand, works in the PinkBishoujoGhetto ImprobablyFemaleCast will usually pass, if only for the dearth of male characters.
7th Sep '17 8:55:33 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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* [[Film/WonderWoman2017 2017's live-action]] ''[[Film/WonderWoman2017 Wonder Woman]]'' passes the Furiosa test.
21st Aug '17 8:45:52 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* Creator/{{NPR}} GameShow ''Radio/AskMeAnother'' [[http://n.pr/2kGgSu1 based a game on their 02/17/17 show on the test.]] Contestants had a scene from a movie that unexpectedly allows it to pass the Bechdel test described to them and had to name the film. Answers included ''Film/DieHard'', ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', and ''Film/FerrisBeullersDayOff''.

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* Creator/{{NPR}} GameShow ''Radio/AskMeAnother'' [[http://n.pr/2kGgSu1 based a game on their 02/17/17 show on the test.]] Contestants had a scene from a movie that unexpectedly allows it to pass the Bechdel test described to them and had to name the film. Answers included ''Film/DieHard'', ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', and ''Film/FerrisBeullersDayOff''.''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff''.
21st Aug '17 8:45:28 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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There are also lesser-known variations of the test, such as UsefulNotes/DeggansRule (aka Race Bechdel Test), in which two characters of color talk about anything other than the white leads, the [[https://www.glaad.org/sri/2014/vitorusso Vito Russo Test aka gay Bechdel Test]], in which two LGBT characters talk about everything other than straight people, and the Reverse Bechdel Test, [[GenderFlip with the roles of men and women swapped]].[[note]]An estimated 90% of works pass the Reverse Bechdel Test, [[http://www.passthebechdeltest.com/faq according to this link]], which, in comparison to the Bechdel Test, highlights the gender disparity problems.[[/note]] The film ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' has inspired the "Furiosa Test" ([[https://twitter.com/photopuck/status/607259980631273473 Do any misogynists ban this work?]]) and ''Film/PacificRim'' inspired the "Mako Mori Test" ([[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/8695-Blecch-Dull-Tests Does a female lead]] get a CharacterArc that doesn't revolve around male characters?). And there is even the MacGyver Test, inspired by [[Series/{{MacGyver}} television series of the same name]] that determines the comparative shallowness and stereotypical nature of most male characters in fiction by asking questions like "Does the male protagonist solve problems in creative and intelligent ways, only using violence as an absolute last resort?" (It is just as shocking to discover how many films and shows fail ''that'' test as fail the Bechdel Test.

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There are also lesser-known variations of the test, such as UsefulNotes/DeggansRule (aka Race Bechdel Test), in which two characters of color talk about anything other than the white leads, the [[https://www.glaad.org/sri/2014/vitorusso Vito Russo Test aka gay Bechdel Test]], in which two LGBT characters talk about everything other than straight people, and the Reverse Bechdel Test, [[GenderFlip with the roles of men and women swapped]].[[note]]An estimated 90% of works pass the Reverse Bechdel Test, [[http://www.passthebechdeltest.com/faq according to this link]], which, in comparison to the Bechdel Test, highlights the gender disparity problems.[[/note]] The film ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' has inspired the "Furiosa Test" ([[https://twitter.com/photopuck/status/607259980631273473 Do any misogynists ban this work?]]) and ''Film/PacificRim'' inspired the "Mako Mori Test" ([[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/8695-Blecch-Dull-Tests Does a female lead]] get a CharacterArc that doesn't revolve around male characters?). And there is even the MacGyver Test, "[=MacGyver=] Test", inspired by [[Series/{{MacGyver}} television series of the same name]] that determines the comparative shallowness and stereotypical nature of most male characters in fiction by asking questions like "Does the male protagonist solve problems in creative and intelligent ways, only using violence as an absolute last resort?" (It is just as shocking to discover how many films and shows fail ''that'' test as fail the Bechdel Test.
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* Creator/{{NPR}} GameShow ''Radio/AskMeAnother [[http://n.pr/2kGgSu1 based a game on their 02/17/17 show on the test.]] Contestants had a scene from a movie that unexpectedly allows it to pass the Bechdel test described to them and had to name the film. Answers included ''Film/DieHard'', ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', and ''Film/FerrisBeullersDayOff''.

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* Creator/{{NPR}} GameShow ''Radio/AskMeAnother ''Radio/AskMeAnother'' [[http://n.pr/2kGgSu1 based a game on their 02/17/17 show on the test.]] Contestants had a scene from a movie that unexpectedly allows it to pass the Bechdel test described to them and had to name the film. Answers included ''Film/DieHard'', ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', and ''Film/FerrisBeullersDayOff''.
5th Aug '17 2:41:24 PM PersonalPOV
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There are also lesser-known variations of the test, such as UsefulNotes/DeggansRule (aka Race Bechdel Test), in which two characters of color talk about anything other than the white leads, and the Reverse Bechdel Test, [[GenderFlip with the roles of men and women swapped]].[[note]]An estimated 90% of works pass the Reverse Bechdel Test, [[http://www.passthebechdeltest.com/faq according to this link]], which, in comparison to the Bechdel Test, highlights the gender disparity problems.[[/note]] The film ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' has inspired the "Furiosa Test" ([[https://twitter.com/photopuck/status/607259980631273473 Do any misogynists ban this work?]]) and ''Film/PacificRim'' inspired the "Mako Mori Test" ([[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/8695-Blecch-Dull-Tests Does a female lead]] get a CharacterArc that doesn't revolve around male characters?). And there is even the MacGyver Test, inspired by [[Series/{{MacGyver}} television series of the same name]] that determines the comparative shallowness and stereotypical nature of most male characters in fiction by asking questions like "Does the male protagonist solve problems in creative and intelligent ways, only using violence as an absolute last resort?" (It is just as shocking to discover how many films and shows fail ''that'' test as fail the Bechdel Test.

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There are also lesser-known variations of the test, such as UsefulNotes/DeggansRule (aka Race Bechdel Test), in which two characters of color talk about anything other than the white leads, the [[https://www.glaad.org/sri/2014/vitorusso Vito Russo Test aka gay Bechdel Test]], in which two LGBT characters talk about everything other than straight people, and the Reverse Bechdel Test, [[GenderFlip with the roles of men and women swapped]].[[note]]An estimated 90% of works pass the Reverse Bechdel Test, [[http://www.passthebechdeltest.com/faq according to this link]], which, in comparison to the Bechdel Test, highlights the gender disparity problems.[[/note]] The film ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' has inspired the "Furiosa Test" ([[https://twitter.com/photopuck/status/607259980631273473 Do any misogynists ban this work?]]) and ''Film/PacificRim'' inspired the "Mako Mori Test" ([[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/8695-Blecch-Dull-Tests Does a female lead]] get a CharacterArc that doesn't revolve around male characters?). And there is even the MacGyver Test, inspired by [[Series/{{MacGyver}} television series of the same name]] that determines the comparative shallowness and stereotypical nature of most male characters in fiction by asking questions like "Does the male protagonist solve problems in creative and intelligent ways, only using violence as an absolute last resort?" (It is just as shocking to discover how many films and shows fail ''that'' test as fail the Bechdel Test.



-->'''Rodriguez''': Iíve been making movies with [[Creator/JordanaBrewster Jordana]], who plays the sister of [[Creator/VinDiesel Domestic Toretto]], for 16 years, and I can count on one hand how many lines Iíve had with her. I think thatís pathetic, and itís lack of creativity.

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-->'''Rodriguez''': Iíve been making movies with [[Creator/JordanaBrewster Jordana]], who plays the sister of [[Creator/VinDiesel Domestic Dominic Toretto]], for 16 years, and I can count on one hand how many lines Iíve had with her. I think thatís pathetic, and itís lack of creativity.
29th Jul '17 10:36:49 AM BigJaredMonkey
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There are also lesser-known variations of the test, such as UsefulNotes/DeggansRule (aka Race Bechdel Test), in which two characters of color talk about anything other than the white leads, and the Reverse Bechdel Test, [[GenderFlip with the roles of men and women swapped]].[[note]]An estimated 90% of works pass the Reverse Bechdel Test, [[http://www.passthebechdeltest.com/faq according to this link]], which, in comparison to the Bechdel Test, highlights the gender disparity problems.[[/note]] The film ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' has inspired the "Furiosa Test" ([[https://twitter.com/photopuck/status/607259980631273473 Do any misogynists ban this work?]]) and ''Film/PacificRim'' inspired the "Mako Mori Test" ([[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/8695-Blecch-Dull-Tests Does a female lead]] get a CharacterArc that doesn't revolve around male characters?).

to:

There are also lesser-known variations of the test, such as UsefulNotes/DeggansRule (aka Race Bechdel Test), in which two characters of color talk about anything other than the white leads, and the Reverse Bechdel Test, [[GenderFlip with the roles of men and women swapped]].[[note]]An estimated 90% of works pass the Reverse Bechdel Test, [[http://www.passthebechdeltest.com/faq according to this link]], which, in comparison to the Bechdel Test, highlights the gender disparity problems.[[/note]] The film ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' has inspired the "Furiosa Test" ([[https://twitter.com/photopuck/status/607259980631273473 Do any misogynists ban this work?]]) and ''Film/PacificRim'' inspired the "Mako Mori Test" ([[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/8695-Blecch-Dull-Tests Does a female lead]] get a CharacterArc that doesn't revolve around male characters?).
characters?). And there is even the MacGyver Test, inspired by [[Series/{{MacGyver}} television series of the same name]] that determines the comparative shallowness and stereotypical nature of most male characters in fiction by asking questions like "Does the male protagonist solve problems in creative and intelligent ways, only using violence as an absolute last resort?" (It is just as shocking to discover how many films and shows fail ''that'' test as fail the Bechdel Test.
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