Bechdel test

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After cartoonist Alison Bechdel, author of a 1985 Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip that popularized the test.

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Bechdel test

  1. A feminist test for evaluating a work of fiction by whether it contains (1) at least two women (especially, named female characters) (2) who talk to each other (3) about something other than a man.
    • 2019 April 26, Melena Ryzik, “Screenplay Software Adds Tool to Assess a Script’s Inclusiveness”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      It also will enable users to determine if a project passes the Bechdel Test, measuring whether two female characters speak to each other about anything other than a man.


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