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->''"Your women characters are awful. None of them have anything to say for themselves, and most of them either get shot or stabbed to death within five minutes... and the ones that don't probably will later on."''
-->-- '''Hans Kieslowski''', ''Film/SevenPsychopaths''

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 [[https://web.archive.org/web/20140216030535/http://www.flickr.com/photos/zizyphus/34585797/ this strip]].

In order to pass, the film or show must meet the following criteria:
# ''It includes at least two women'',[[note]] Some make the addendum that the women must be [[NominalImportance named]] characters [[/note]]
# ''who have at least one conversation'',[[note]] Because of quibbles regarding what length of time makes a valid conversation, some have proposed the addendum that it last at least 60 seconds.[[/note]]
# ''about something other than a man or men''.[[note]] An addendum some claim is that marriage, babies, or romance are indirectly about men and therefore also fail, whereas some relax the rule based on the following criteria; the relationship is (1) someone else's and (2) purely a subject of professional interest (e.g. the women are family lawyers and the marriage is that of a client, or the women are medical professionals and the baby is a patient). Proponents of both point out there is a big difference between "Isn't married life hard/wonderful!" & "Babies are so cute, I wish I had one!" on the one hand, and "OK, so I think this is how we should go about the Madison property settlement" & "Don't give that medicine to the baby, it'll kill him!" on the other.[[/note]]

If that sounds to you like a pretty easy standard to meet, it is. That's the point! Yet, try applying the test to the media you consume for a while. There's a good chance you'll be surprised; mainstream media that passes is ''far'' less common than you might think.

The test is often misunderstood. The requirements are just what they say they are; it doesn't make any difference if, for instance, the male characters the women talk about are their fathers, sons, brothers, platonic friends, mortal enemies, patients they're trying to save or murderers they're trying to catch, rather than romantic partners. Conversely, if a work seems to pass, it doesn't matter if male characters are present when the female characters talk, nor does it matter if the women only talk about stereotypically girly topics like shoe shopping or even relationships, as long as it is not relationships ''with men''.

This is because the Bechdel Test is ''not'' meant as a moral or ethical judgement on the 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.
For instance, ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'', ''The Bikini Carwash Company'' and ''Film/{{Showgirls}}'', 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.[[note]]At the start of the video, two young women are incredulously discussing another woman's ass: 'Oh my god, Becky, look at her ''butt''! It is so big.'[[/note]]

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.

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?).

It's obviously easier for a TV series, especially one with an EnsembleCast, to pass this test than a film, because there's far more time for the conversation to occur in. To compensate for this, Bechdel-inspired analyses of television often look episode-by-episode, giving an final average (such as 7/13 if seven episodes pass in a 13 episode season,) or compare the series' passing Bechdel's Test with its passing a "reverse Bechdel test".

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.

And for those curious about the pronunciation, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bechdel_test according]] to Wiki/TheOtherWiki it's like "BEK-dal" (/ˈbɛkdəl/), but Bechdel herself has [[http://www.thereader.ca/2008/07/rhymes-with-rectal-alison-bechdel.html said it rhymes with "rectal"]].[[note]]Cue all the jokes about it being so because to adhere to it is a pain in the ass.[[/note]] Well, they're almost the same, anyhow.

%% '''[[ExampleSectionectomy No examples on this page, please]]''': it leads to people [[EntryPimp pimping]] works on the implications of the test, rather than the objective parameters. Works which pass or refer to the Bechdel Test ''can'' have it noted on their own pages.
!!Works that ''reference'' the Bechdel Test (named or not):


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the manga of ''LightNovel/AllYouNeedIsKill'', Shasta makes a reference to running some "Bechdel tests" on Rita's Jacket while making an excuse.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by She Hulk in ''ComicBook/JLAAvengers'': "Yo, Star-shorts! I figured that you'd be getting bored so I thought I'd hang with you. We can talk girl-talk. Y'know, butt-kicking, name-taking, like that."
* ''ComicBook/SuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'' references the test openly with Beetle complaining about how her life is failing the test since [[OneOfTheBoys she hangs out with a bunch of guys]].
-->"My life is failing the Bechdel test."
* ''ComicBook/DruidCity'': One character, who is a strident feminist, 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.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': After reading a conversation between Asuka, Rei and Hikari where they are talking about helping Rei (who thanks to ParentalNeglect has barely any clothing but her school uniform) pick out some new clothes for herself, some fan in the SpaceBattles thread wondered: "Does a scene count as passing the Bechdel Test if the women are talking about clothes?" That this scene led directly to a SheCleansUpNicely moment only muddies the waters further. [[spoiler:Especially because Rei cleans up so nicely that [[ClosetKey Asuka starts questioning her sexuality]].]]
* The novel-length ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Chronicles Of Narnia]]'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7364661/18/King_Edmunds_Crusade King Edmunds Crusade]]'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it, though not by name.
--> A wholly feminine conversation was a novelty to Elizabeth, and perhaps to Susan as well. Both of them lived in a world where masculinity either ruled or was present. Here, in their private conversations, they found they not only could but ''wanted to'' move away from that. The conversation over the next four weeks was not of lipsticks and nylons and invitations; for such things are only feminine, they realized, in so far as defined by men.
* Mentioned in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' [[CrossOver and]] ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' FixFic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9138187/1/Fixations Fixations]]'': There is a discussion between Diana (Wonder Woman) and Shayera (Hawk Girl) in chapter ten that started out as a discussion about Wally (The Flash) - then the author realized this and decided to try and have the story pass the test.
-->But yeah, this fic finally passed the Bechdal Test! That was harder than I thought.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Alluded to in ''Film/SevenPsychopaths'' when Hans reads Marty's script; not only does he note that they have nothing interesting to say for themselves, but the only notable thing they do is die horribly five minutes later.
-->'''Hans:''' Your women characters are awful. None of them have anything to say for themselves, and most of them either get shot or stabbed to death within five minutes... and the ones that don't probably will later on.\\
'''Marty:''' Well... it's a hard world for women. You know? I guess that's what I'm trying to say.\\
'''Hans:''' Yeah, it's a hard world for women, but most of the ones I know can string a sentence together.
* [[Film/WonderWoman2017 2017's live-action]] ''[[Film/WonderWoman2017 Wonder Woman]]'' passes the Furiosa test.
* Creator/MichelleRodriguez threatened to leave the ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' movie franchise after the eighth movie unless [[MostWritersAreMale the writers]] “[[http://ew.com/movies/2017/06/27/michelle-rodriguez-threatens-leave-fast-furious/ decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise]].”
-->'''Rodriguez''': I’ve 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 I’ve had with her. I think that’s pathetic, and it’s lack of creativity.

* From [[http://timemachineyeah.tumblr.com/post/93363041094/my-therapist-just-told-me-a-joke this post]] on Website/{{Tumblr}}:
-->So this girl walks up to another girl and says "Hey, have you heard of the Bechdel Test?"\\
And the other girl says, "Yeah, my boyfriend was telling me about it the other day!"
* And [[http://attackofopportunity.tumblr.com/post/34758918819/guy-what-do-girls-do-at-sleepovers-me-pass another]] Tumblr gem:
-->'''Guy:''' What do girls do at sleepovers?
-->'''Me:''' Pass the Bechdel test.

* ''Literature/TheDescendants'' references the test in one conversation that has been 100% about dating and boys. The conversation ends by a character mentioning that she's probably going to fail the test she's studying for, administered by a Professor Bechdel.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' fandom book ''Chicks Dig Time Lords'' includes an essay about companion Nyssa of Traken. The author points out that many of Nyssa's episodes pass the Bechdel test, and includes a brief explanation of what the test is.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The test is mentioned on ''Series/AToZ'' in the episode "H is for Hostile Takeover". TheStinger takes it to a meta level with Zelda and Stephie discussing the test and wondering if two women discussing the Bechdel Test passes the Bechdel Test. They decide it does, and a "Bechdel Approved" graphic appears on-screen. [[SubvertedTrope Then Stephie starts talking about her boyfriend]] and the graphic is crossed out.
* ''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"]] 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.
** ''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.
* ''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", 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.
* 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/YoureTheWorst'' [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall leans on it hard]] in an episode.
-->'''Gretchen:''' Seriously! I spend all day dealing with my dumb rapper babies and when I get home there's Jimmy and Edgar and the one chance I get to sneak away for a quick hang with the [[Film/ThelmaAndLouise Louise to my Thelma]]--\\
'''Lindsay:''' [[PopCulturalOsmosisFailure Who are they?]]\\
'''Gretchen:'''--and all we talk about is ''men''.\\
'''Lindsay:''' I know!\\
'''Gretchen:''' We are complex women with rich inner lives! For God's sake, let's act like it and let's discuss something other than dicks and the dildos they hang off of.\\
'''Lindsay:''' I'm in!\\
(''[[{{Beat}} Cue awkward pause.]] ChirpingCrickets previously only faintly in the background are suddenly extremely audible.'')
* In ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'' Jane and her grad school professor have a conversation about how works in Jane's chosen genre (romance novels) often fail the Bechdel test. The show [[FunWithSubTitles lists the criteria for passing the test on screen]].

* 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''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' references the reverse Bechdel test in the title of [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1426 this strip]].
* Discussed starting in [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-1/04-the-bechdel-test/thehangover/ this]] ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' strip. Also played with -- as pointed out in the last panel, most [[GirlOnGirlIsHot lesbian porn]] will automatically pass the Bechdel Test. It further elaborates on the flaws of the test not necessarily indicating feminism, and later one male character implies that his own life would not pass the reverse Bechdel Test.
* In [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=2100 this]] ''{{Webcomic/Shortpacked}},'' Leslie Bean ([[PunnyName who's a homosexual woman, if you couldn't tell]]) expresses disinterest in a movie because it doesn't have two women talking enough that she can imagine them having a "tragically ''self-destructive'' yet ''amazingly hot'' lesbian affair." The AltText quips that this is called "the Beandel test."
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'':
** Mentioned [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=45896 by name here]], when even the lesbian cast member decides it's fine to discuss [[TheCasanova Tip]].
** [[http://skin-horse.com/2010/todays-comic-352/ Cited by name]] again, and then instantly averted, as Gerda and Marcie really want to hear about Dr. Lee's [[CargoShip "vehicular perversions"]] with Nick.
* ''Webcomic/LeftoverSoup'': [[http://www.leftoversoup.com/archive.php?num=50 "Bechdel Test passed, bitches."]]
* In ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'', when Cerise and Callista go to a date, Callista [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/bechdel_test complains]] that the movie they've seen didn't pass the test.
* ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics'' references the test on [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=100 page 100]] with the Rastov Test (which, instead of dealing with feminism, is a dig at overly-elaborate {{Space Opera}}s and TechnoBabble).
-->'''Unwinder:''' You may know a bit about [Warren Rastov] actually. Ever heard of the Rastov test?\\
'''Barbecue Sauce:''' Is that like where a book or movie is only good if it has less than four warring factions, and they have to say at least one sentence that isn't full of made-up space jargon?\\
'''Unwinder:''' That's the one. It was actually a pretty direct response to his father's work. They had some issues.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'':
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-06-30 When Slick searches on feminism]] it's part of the flood of words that beat him down.
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2013-05-15 In a later strip]], Slick reads the definition of the test and writes a screenplay that, strictly speaking, passes the test.
* In ''Webcomic/SkullPandaLovesEverything'', Rikk Estoban creates a series of [[http://skullpanda.com/post/22831285269 "Skull Panda Passes the Bechdel Test" strips.]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' strip, [[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/art/Roommates-304-Bechdel-356375590 "Roommates #304 - Bechdel"]] has girls talking about something else than men (revenge). In general it's not a female-centric work, but a fangirl-oriented meta fanservice comic with CastFullOfPrettyBoys.
* In ''Webcomic/BadMachinery'', Lottie has heard of the Test, though she seems to be a bit [[http://scarygoround.com/index.php?date=20130826 unclear on the details.]] Later, she invokes it to show that [[http://www.scarygoround.com/?date=20130912 there's a problem with the timeline she's in.]] Or at least with one of her friends.
* ''{{VideoGame/Bravoman}}'': In the Webcomic titled "[[http://shiftylook.com/comics/bravoman/test-failed Test Failed]] Bravowoman and [[CuteAndPsycho Waya Hime]] get into a fight when Waya Hime mistakes Bravowoman for Bravoman's wife. Bravowoman lampshades it, and Alpha man says her meta jokes are better than Bravoman's. They later realize that the strip would be getting angry letters if the only two females killed each other off so Bravoman stops the fight.
-->"This is Stupid! You realize that we're the first two female characters in this series and we're fighting over a dude? You're ruining our Bechdel Test score!"
* ''Webcomic/Level30Psychiatry'': the author comments for [[http://lvl30psy.thecomicseries.com/comics/71/ this strip]] mention that it is the first with an all male cast, thus passing the Reverse Bechdel Test.
* ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' features [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2014/04/10/0571-a-talk-between-women/ "A Talk Between Women"]], which would imply that the two characters were going to talk about boys or something "feminine", but the punch line is that they're discussing international politics instead.
* ''Webcomic/TokiNoTanaka'': the author comments on [[http://www.tokinotanaka.com/comic/episode-1-page-11/ this page]] point out that it's the first with only male characters, therefore passing the reverse test.
* During the [[DeadpanSnarker Davina]]-[[TheDitz Tara]] "Ask Me Anything" session of ''Webcomic/TheScumthorpeFiles'', one user asked Tara what her ideal boyfriend would be like. This conversation ensued:
'''Tara:''' ...I totally don't know what that is. Does talking about cute boys mean you fail it?\\
'''Davina: <OF COURSE IT DOES, YOU CRETIN.>'''\\
'''Tara:''' Then watch me fail it, Davina. Watch me fail it ''hard''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Mulberry}}'' has its title character discuss the Bechdel Test with Creator/MelissaMcCarthy, in a comic exclusive to ''BANG! Magazine''. Unfortunately, [=McCarthy=] changes the subject to speculating which male actors love her.[[note]]Ironically, [=McCarthy=] has appeared in quite a few TV shows and movies that would pass this test, including ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' and ''Film/{{Bridesmaids}}''.[[/note]]
* ''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.


[[folder:Web Original]]
* A ''WebVideo/FeministFrequency'' [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/leefalhead/the-bechdel-test-1dq8 video]] shows a large number of popular movies that fail the test. In a running joke, Anita yawns, wanders away, comes back with an apple, and eats it, [[OverlyLongGag while the movie posters are still blinking steadily along in the background]]. Anita discusses the test again [[http://www.feministfrequency.com/2012/02/the-2012-oscars-and-the-bechdel-test/ here]]. She proposes that the test be modified so that the scene in question must last at least sixty seconds to pass. She also describes a variant of the test for people of color, where at least two named non-white characters discuss something other than a white person. She rejects the concept of the Reverse Bechdel Test as she believes it contributes to the idea that women aren't oppressed.
* Name Dropped in ''AHDotComTheCreepyTeenYears'' episode 2x19. It's noted as being the first time the series actually passed the test. The two women are discussing vacation plans.
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'':
** Linkara brings up the importance of the third point during his review of ''Sultry Teenage Super Foxes''. Yes, the cast is almost uniformly female, but they never talk about anything but men. Unless you count the villains, that is. Even the protagonists obtaining superpowers was nothing more than a means to the end of them attracting men.
** In "The Culling: ''Legion Lost'' #9" review he notes that Rose Wilson and Caitlin Fairchild technically pass during their DesignatedGirlFight, where they talk about betrayal and the latter's HeelFaceTurn. "[[DamnedByFaintPraise So I guess there's another positive we can give to this idiotic story]]."
* Talked about in ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' in the episode "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slJIiUTVXds Diversity]]".
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'':
** In her review of ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', she pointed out that it was one of the only superhero movies to pass the test. She then told her audience to go look up what the Bechdel Test was.
** When she reviewed ''Film/{{Matilda}}'', guest reviewer Creator/MaraWilson mentions that everyone's gender in the movie seems entirely incidental and that it passes the test.
* In ''WebVideo/VampireReviews'' (a spin-off of The Nostalgia Chick), [[VampireVannabe Maven]], desperately trying to find ten positive things to say about ''Literature/{{Twilight}},'' notes that it technically passes the test when Bella talks to other women about [[AllWomenLoveShoes shoes]] and [[NeverASelfMadeWoman having babies]].
* ''WebVideo/StuffYouLike'' references this when reviewing ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' [[http://blip.tv/stuffyoulike/halloween-special-5-ridiculously-entertaining-things-about-underworld-5680230 here]]. The scene is [[ActionGirl Selene]] and Erika (briefly) discussing dresses (before going on to talk about... umm... men).
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Subtitles]]:''' Did they just pass the Bechdel Test?
* The website of ''Bitch'' magazine ("[[{{Tagline}} Feminist responses to pop culture"]]) has posted [[http://bitchmagazine.org/post/televism-the-bechdel-spectrum an entire article]] on this subject.
* Bernie Su, a writer of ''WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries'', comments as WordOfGod on passing the test with episode 16, in which Lizzie and depressed Charlotte discuss their career plans and prospects. Bernie Su says it was fairly late episode, but not that surprising when you consider that ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' is the source material for their adaptation.
* In ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-4-best-moments-in-worst-movies-ever-made_p2/ The 4 Best Moments in the Worst Movies Ever Made]], Luke [=McKinney=] points out that the movie based on the video game ''Franchise/DeadOrAlive'' "physically beats the shit out of the Bechdel test" "within the first 10 minutes".
* A Website/PlatypusComix article dedicated to the obscure ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' series ''Marvelous Maureen'' comments on a scene of Maureeen and Clarissa [=DuBois=] arguing over Wonder Blunder like so:
-->...if they're trapped in the vacuum of space with a presumably finite air supply, and they want to spend their time flunking the Bechdel Test, then I guess so be it.
* Referenced by Creator/DougWalker in the Sibling Rivalry of ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'', as he complains that the movie would have been better if Lucy and the daughters had actually talked to each other. His brother and co-reviewer (Rob) however, thinks that's a stupid thing to complain about in a kid's movie and makes him drop it.
* While agreeing with every point about female representation, and declaring that the test, when taken on the whole, is useful for provoking thought, Creator/BobChipman delivered [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/8695-Blecch-Dull-Tests a scathing criticism]] of making too much of a particular movie passing or failing. He points out that ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' with Linda Hamilton's kick-ass Sarah Connor, and the very progressive ''Film/PacificRim'' with its strong leading lady Mako Mori, would both fail. Meanwhile, ''Debbie Does Dallas'' and ''The Bikini Carwash Company'' two movies which, to state the obvious, are about as far removed from the feminist movement as could be, would both pass with flying colors, as would many Creator/NicholasSparks ''movies'' [[note]]Though Sparks is a novelist, Bob Chipman is a movie critic and is limiting his commentary to films, calling out "the inane Safe Haven" as an example of how dreck can pass the test without having any feminist themes or characters.[[/note]] He proposes an alternative "Mako Mori Test", which judges films by whether they have:
## at least ''one'' major female character,
## who has a fully-developed story arc,
## that doesn't revolve around a male character.
** It has [[http://aescifi.ca/index.php/non-fiction/37-editorials/2401-the-mako-mori-problem been suggested]] that Mako Mori actually fails her own test, because she ''doesn't'' truly have a fully-developed story arc that doesn't revolve around men: she exists primarily in relation to her father-figure and the main hero; her story arc is about becoming a partner to a man and whether or not she and this man are "compatible"; and it is debatable if her story arc is even fully developed, as her importance to the story in the climax is just to support the hero. This analysis was ''not'' intended a criticism of the test itself, instead questioning the wisdom of using Mako Mori as an example of it.
* The test was discussed by Cheshire Cat Studios in this video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzqgXYkw3tY here]], where the test is criticized for being taken too seriously in some circles that suggest that the only good movies in existence are films that "pass" the test, and criticizing the Swedish ratings board for even considering to use the test in their consideration of a movie's age rating.
* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' was so flooded with diverse female characters that infamous sexist website [[HeManWomanHater 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:
-->''[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.'''''
* The Bechdel test is referenced in ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'''s "Music/StevieWonder vs ComicBook/WonderWoman"; Stevie mentions how Wonder Woman failed the test despite being one of the first superheroines and a prominent female icon.
-->''"You're a misguided C-minus-on-the-Bechdel-Test joke!"''

* 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]].
* This blog [[http://disney-blog.com/2011/05/the-bechdel-test-and-disney-films/ references the Bechdel Test as it relates to Disney animated movies and that one that passes the test is not as rare as you might think.]] Pixar is much worse in this regard. Many Disney films have two female characters interacting about something other than a man, but fail to pass the test due to [[AnimalTalk one of the parties being an animal]].
* [[http://thehathorlegacy.com/why-film-schools-teach-screenwriters-not-to-pass-the-bechdel-test/ This article]] explains why so few movies pass the test lately, identifying it as a systemic problem that has its roots in what Hollywood producers believe about women and their difficulty with the characterization of women in general.
* [[http://www.avoiceformen.com/miscellaneous/the-bechdel-test-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-about-it-and-love-character-development/ This article]] discusses the test and concludes that it's difficult to pass because of [[MenAreTheExpendableGender prejudices that favor women]].
** The same website has an [[http://www.avoiceformen.com/art-entertainment-culture/portrayal-of-men-in-the-media-why-there-needs-to-be-a-reverse-bechdel-test/ article]] suggesting the need for a male equivalent.
* Several Swedish arthouse cinemas use the Bechdel test to give an indication of the level of gender bias in films, similar to warnings about films containing violence, sex, language etc.
* [[http://sittingduck1313.livejournal.com/501902.html This blog]] applies the Bechdel test to every movie featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
* [[http://www.themarysue.com/star-trek-bechdel-test/ This article]] applies the Bechdel Test to ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Unsurprisingly, ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' has the lowest passrate (7.5%); somewhat surprisingly, ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', a prequel made 50 years later, has the second-lowest (39%). This is probably because these two series only went from TheSmurfettePrinciple, with only one female on the main cast for TOS (Creator/NichelleNichols as Uhura) to TwoGirlsToATeam for Enterprise (Linda Park as Hoshi Sato and Jolene Blalock as T'Pol). ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has the highest (86.9%), and also the only season to have a 100% passrate (season 5); whether by coincidence or not, it's also the only ''Trek'' with a female captain (Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway).
* [[http://www.themarysue.com/doctor-who-bechdel-test/ This article]] applies the test to modern-era ''Series/DoctorWho''. 80% of episodes pass: 85% under Russel T. Davies and 75% under Steven Moffat. Series 3 and 4 each had only one episode that failed the test (for S3, "The Shakespeare Code" was put to a vote, and 53% of people said it didn't pass).