Cartoonist and feminist theorist Alison Bechdel won a 2014 MacArthur grant, which will give her $US625,000 over five years to spend however she wants.
To pass the Bechdel test, a movie must meet the following criteria:
- 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.
Blogger Daniel Mariani analysed data from the crowd-sourced Bechdel Test Movie List to create a series of charts on the subject. With his permission, we’re publishing a chart on Bechdel pass rates by genre.
While around 58% of movies pass the test, with even higher pass rates for genres like horror (!), drama, and comedy, only some 37% of action movies pass, with similar failure rates for other major genres.
And here’s a video on Alison Bechdel from the MacArthur Foundation:
As for “The Avengers,” pictured above, a commenter on BechdelTest.com notes that: “There are more than two named female characters; however there is no interaction between any of them. Agent Maria Hill does give orders to her staff (some of whom are female), but there is certainly no conversation/dialogue.”
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