Have you heard of the Bechdel Test? It’s a test devised by Susan Bechdel that really exposes just how male-dominated films and television can be. If you can’t be bothered to read the paragraph about it on wikipedia, check out the comic to the right:
Since I’m a bloke, I was aware of this gender-bias, but was probably not as keenly aware of it as I could be. Bechdel’s simple rules succinctly expose just how unintentionally sexist (giving them the benefit of the doubt here) most films or TV programs can be. Once you know this rule, you’ll watch films and TV shows from a completely different angle. And once you go down that road, it tends to open up a can o’ worms of debate, rage and counter-punches, but gender issues in modern media can be a very interesting and vital topic, from a male or female perspective.
Film School Rejects has put together a list of 10 films that surprisingly fail the Bechdel Test, but be warned: and once you’ve read it, you can’t un-see it, and we at RBT and the good people over at FSR accept no liability for your favourite films suddenly becoming instruments of the doctrine of a sexist, bile-spouting masculine hegemony…
Read the article here.