Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Bechdel Test

Popularized by Alison Bechdel, the Bechdel Test is used to determine the gender bias in movies (and in general fiction) according to the following 3 criteria:

(1) It has to have at least two women in it, (2) who talk to each other (3) about something other than men.

It looks like not many movies pass this test. I did not completely acknowledge the importance of this until I watched the following TEDTalk by Colin Stokes about what our children are learning from the fiction they are exposed to:

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