The simplest way to evaluate sexism in movies is called the Bechdel Test. To pass the test, which was created by cartoonist Alison Bechdel in 1985, a movie must meet the following conditions:
- It has to have at least two [named] women in it,
- who talk to each other,
- about something besides a man.
Pretty simple, right? But a shocking number of movies don’t pass the test. This is especially true in certain genres.
Brazilian Daniel Mariani crunched the numbers from the crowd-sourced Bechdel Test Movie List to create some impressive charts and analysis (which are currently going crazy on Reddit subreddit Data Is Beautiful).
With his permission, we’re publishing a chart of Bechdel results by genre. Action movies and related genres tend to be pretty sexist, while music, horror (!), romance, drama, and comedy do better.
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