History UsefulNotes / TheBechdelTest

29th Aug '16 1:22:46 PM babyhenchy1
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With the recent push for diversity and the unfortunate attempts to stifle said movement, the film ''MadMaxFuryRoad'' has added the "Furiosa Test" to the ranks for how badly it angered misogynists (see the WebOriginal folder).

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With the recent push for diversity and the unfortunate attempts to stifle said movement, the film ''MadMaxFuryRoad'' ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' has added the "Furiosa Test" to the ranks for how badly it angered misogynists (see the WebOriginal folder).



* ''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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* ''MadMaxFuryRoad'' ''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:
17th Aug '16 10:13:08 PM Sharysa
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With the recent push for diversity and the unfortunate attempts to stifle said movement, the film ''MadMaxFuryRoad'' has added the "Furiosa Test" to the ranks for how badly it angered misogynists (see the Film folder).

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With the recent push for diversity and the unfortunate attempts to stifle said movement, the film ''MadMaxFuryRoad'' has added the "Furiosa Test" to the ranks for how badly it angered misogynists (see the Film WebOriginal folder).



* ''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:
-->''[T]he Furiosa Test is a simple standard for to judge a piece of media's feminist qualities. It passes if:''
-->'''''It causes misogynists to boycott it.'''''


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* ''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:
-->''[T]he Furiosa Test is a simple standard for to judge a piece of media's feminist qualities. It passes if:''
-->'''''It causes misogynists to boycott it.'''''
17th Aug '16 10:11:00 PM Sharysa
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With the recent push for diversity in the past few years and the unfortunate attempts to stifle said movement, the film ''MadMaxFuryRoad'' has added the "Furiosa Test" to the ranks of feminist-minded tests for how badly it angered misogynists (see the Film folder).

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With the recent push for diversity in the past few years and the unfortunate attempts to stifle said movement, the film ''MadMaxFuryRoad'' has added the "Furiosa Test" to the ranks of feminist-minded tests for how badly it angered misogynists (see the Film folder).
17th Aug '16 10:05:11 PM Sharysa
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With the recent push for diversity in the past few years and the unfortunate attempts to stifle said movement, the film ''MadMaxFuryRoad'' has added the "Furiosa Test" to the ranks of feminist-minded tests for how badly it angered misogynists (see the Film folder).


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* ''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:
-->''[T]he Furiosa Test is a simple standard for to judge a piece of media's feminist qualities. It passes if:''
-->'''''It causes misogynists to boycott it.'''''
27th Jun '16 12:14:19 AM BallsDandy
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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' passes the test in [[https://xkcd.com/896// strip 896]] with [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies zombie]] UsefulNotes/MarieCurie talking to the other character about scientific achievements by women other than herself.

7th Jun '16 5:56:50 AM Mildegard
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* Most of the conversations in the ''Webcomic/GiftsOfWanderingIce'' are between women (it's a matriarchal world), and not about men.
17th May '16 5:12:43 PM StFan
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This is because the Bechdel Test is ''not'' meant to give a scorecard of a work's overall level of feminism. It is entirely possible for a film to pass without having overt feminist themes 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. A movie can easily pass the Bechdel Test and still be incredibly misogynistic. For instance, the infamously bad ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'' passes the test, but its treatment of women is incredibly {{squick}}y. So does The Bikini Carwash Company, which is little more than tasteless pandering. Conversely, it's also possible for a story to fail the test and still be strongly feminist in other ways (cf. the aforementioned ''Mulan''; see also ''Film/PacificRim'' and its spinoff "Mako Mori Test", discussed in the "Web Originals" section below). There's nothing necessarily wrong with a feminist film flunking the Bechdel Test. What's a problem is that it becomes a pattern when ''so many'' movies fail the test, while very few show male characters whose lives seem to revolve around women, that says [[UnfortunateImplications uncomfortable things]] about the way Hollywood handles gender. There are also lesser-known variations of the test, such as the [[DeggansRule Race Bechdel Test]], in which two characters of colour talk about anything other than the white leads, and the Reverse Bechdel Test, [[GenderFlip with the roles of men and women swapped]].

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This is because the Bechdel Test is ''not'' meant to give a scorecard of a work's overall level of feminism. It is entirely possible for a film to pass without having overt feminist themes 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. A movie can easily pass the Bechdel Test and still be incredibly misogynistic. For instance, the infamously bad ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'' passes the test, but its treatment of women is incredibly {{squick}}y. So does The Bikini Carwash Company, which is little more than tasteless pandering. Conversely, it's also possible for a story to fail the test and still be strongly feminist in other ways (cf. the aforementioned ''Mulan''; see also ''Film/PacificRim'' and its spinoff "Mako Mori Test", discussed in the "Web Originals" section below). There's nothing necessarily wrong with a feminist film flunking the Bechdel Test. What's a problem is that it becomes a pattern when ''so many'' movies fail the test, while very few show male characters whose lives seem to revolve around women, that says [[UnfortunateImplications uncomfortable things]] about the way Hollywood handles gender. There are also lesser-known variations of the test, such as the [[DeggansRule [[UsefulNotes/DeggansRule Race Bechdel Test]], in which two characters of colour color talk about anything other than the white leads, and the Reverse Bechdel Test, [[GenderFlip with the roles of men and women swapped]].



Compare TheSmurfettePrinciple. Works that follow TheSmurfettePrinciple include a female character strictly for demographic appeal but make no real attempt to treat her as an interesting character in her own right, outside of her relationships with the male characters. See also NeverASelfMadeWoman, which shows that even a well rounded female character with her own goals is most often only relevant to the story by her relationship to a man. Finally, see TokenRomance and RomanticPlotTumor for the effects of Hollywood's belief that both male and female audiences are generally uninterested in female characters except in the context of romance with a male character. See also DeggansRule, which is a similar rule regarding race.

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Compare TheSmurfettePrinciple. Works that follow TheSmurfettePrinciple include a female character strictly for demographic appeal but make no real attempt to treat her as an interesting character in her own right, outside of her relationships with the male characters. See also NeverASelfMadeWoman, which shows that even a well rounded female character with her own goals is most often only relevant to the story by her relationship to a man. Finally, see TokenRomance and RomanticPlotTumor for the effects of Hollywood's belief that both male and female audiences are generally uninterested in female characters except in the context of romance with a male character. See also DeggansRule, UsefulNotes/DeggansRule, which is a similar rule regarding race.
12th May '16 5:15:37 PM skidoo23
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* 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 is a further lampshading.

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* 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.
12th May '16 5:14:13 PM skidoo23
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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.
12th May '16 3:04:39 PM eroock
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The Bechdel Test, Bechdel-Wallace Test, or the Mo Movie Measure[[note]] named after Mo, the main character of ''DTWOF'', even though it was introduced in a one-off strip before Mo was introduced[[/note]], is a litmus test for female presence in fictional media. The test is named for Alison Bechdel, creator of the comic strip ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor'', who made it known to the world with [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/zizyphus/34585797/ this strip]].

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The Bechdel Test, Bechdel-Wallace Test, or the Mo Movie Measure[[note]] named after Mo, the main character of ''DTWOF'', even though it was introduced in a one-off strip before Mo was introduced[[/note]], is a litmus test for female presence in fictional media. The test is named for Alison Bechdel, creator of the comic strip ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor'', who made it known to the world with [[http://www.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20140216030535/http://www.flickr.com/photos/zizyphus/34585797/ this strip]].
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