Quotes: The Bechdel Test

"Your 'tale as old as time'
Sets us back fifty years
Do your chores, do the floors
'Til a man just
appears?"

And I tried to remember any case in the course of my reading where two women are represented as friendsÖThey are now and then mothers and daughters. But almost without exception they are shown in their relation to men. It was strange to think that all the great women of fiction were, until Jane Austenís day, not only seen by the other sex, but seen only in relation to the other sex. And how small a part of a womanís life is that.
Virgina Woolf

Itís not that the Bechdel test identifies particularly good or feminist films. Itís that itís a low bar to clear that huge swaths of things simply donít.

Laura: I'd also like to note that there is literally only one scene where any female characters appear in either of these issues, and this is it. Naturally, they do not speak.
David: OOH LOOK AT LAURA HUDSON AND HER RADICAL FEMINIST AGENDA. There you go, commenters. I saved you the trouble!
Laura Hudson, "The Complete and Utter Insanity of Batman Odyssey"

It's fascinating to compare the lives of Sisko and Janeway in their respective series six: he is juggling the fates of Empires whilst she is personalising her own dildo!
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "In the Pale Moonlight"

Thereís an alternate cut of the episode where Trip and Travis resolve their problem by building a tree house. TíPol spends the rest of the episode trying to guess the password.
Darren Mooney on Star Trek: Enterprise, "Strange New World"

Even when they formed their own religious group, these women still go on about shrivelled gonads and limp dicks. Talk about failing the Bechdel test.
That SciFi Guy, Bad Movie Beatdown: The Shepherd

Someone pointed out that "Oh my god, Becky, look at her butt" passes the Bechdel test and I haven't stopped laughing for a week
— @Krinkle8