Bechdel Test Visualized

My sister shared these charts with me the other day, visualizing the proportion of movies that pass the Bechdel Test, which is made up of 3 rules as follows:

1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

This is of course named after famous cartoonist Alison Bechdel, whose long-running strip Dykes to Watch Out For basically always passed the test…  Even though in this case, which may actually be the very first strip, from 1987, it’s two lesbian women talking about women…  Seems like a technicality…

Cartoonist David Willis is always pointing out sexism in the geek world in Shortpacked!, and in his college webcomic Dumbing of Age he has a whole chapter called “The Bechdel Test” in which a Gender Studies class applies it to their own favorite movies:

Data visualization is another big emerging field in the library world apparently, so I was quite taken by those Bechdel charts.  Wish I’d thought about it first…

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