Given The Times We’re Living In Now, Making Films That Pass The Bechdel Test Is Essential To Realistically And Fairly Representing Women In The Media

When a film fails the Bechdel test, a bare minimum requirement of female representation, it keeps women voiceless and marginalized on the big screen.

So, which films pass the Bechdel test?

Films like “Barbie,” “The Hunger Games,” “Mean Girls,” “Legally Blonde,” “Lilo and Stitch,” and “The Devil Wears Prada” all pass the Bechdel test.

Since the Bechdel test was first introduced, it has been critiqued for its lack of inclusion and diversity, as it’s quite vague and could better address race, disability, and class. However, that does not mean it isn’t still important.

A series of other important tests films can follow to have more representation include the DuVernay test, which focuses on African American characters, the Mako Mori test, which advocates for films with prominent female character arcs; and the Vito Russo test, which requires movies to have at least one character that’s part of the LGBTQ+ community and isn’t defined by their sexuality or gender identity.

At this point, you may be wondering why films should have to pass all these tests. But think about it: do we constantly want to portray worlds where women don’t have their own voices or where there is hardly any diversity? What does that tell our future generations?

Now that you know what the Bechdel test is, do you know if your favorite movie passes it?

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