I am currently doing some research about the Bechdel test for my presentation, and am finding some interesting information regarding this campaign, (see here).
This campaign is a website based movement that encourages participants to interact with the media they are consuming. The website reads, “A grassroots campaign appealing to the film industry” that challenges film viewers the question the films they are watching. To pass the Bechdel test, a film must, “1. Has to have at least two women in it 2. Who talk to each other 3. About something other than a man” . Furthermore, the creators of the website encourage filmmakers to sign their voluntary charter, committing themselves to creating artwork that coincides with the stipulations of the test. The website also provides some statistical information about current film representation, claiming, “approximately 69% of IMDB’s top 250 films fail the Bechdel test.
How crazy is it that SIXTY NINE PERCENT of movies on IMDB fail this test. When first reading the requirements I was taken aback by its simplicity, but more so I am dumbstruck about how few movies meet the requirements. I really am disheartened by this information.