If you’re unfamiliar with the Bechdel Test, let me give you a short overview.
The test was popularized in Alison Bechdel’s comic Dykes to Watch Out For (“The Rule,” 1985), when one of the characters says that she will only go to movies that meet three simple criteria. The movie must have:
- At least two women in it
- Who talk to each other
- About something besides a man
You’ll be amazed at how shockingly few movies meet these tiny requirements. Go here for a video plus links on just how rarely movies pass the test. The only movies I recall seeing recently that pass the test are Hoodwinked and Alien.
Now that the stark reality of Hollywood sexism has got you good and depressed, let’s cheer up by turning our eye to Hollywood racism.
If there is a POC version of the Bechdel Test, what would be the requirements, and what would we call it?
My initial thoughts are that to pass the [Test], a movie must have:
- At least one named character of color
- Whose primary trait is not their race
- Who does something important besides help a White person
What do you think? What would be your test? Which movies would pass? Which ones would not?
BTW, feel free to make your own test for sexuality, disability, and other marginalities as well.
NOTE TO HOLLYWOOD: LISTEN THE HELL UP!!!