So, pay attention…

There’s a thing called the Bechtel Test. It measures how male-dominated a range of mainstream movies are. In order to pass the test, there are 3 requirements films need to satisfy:

#1 There needs to be AT LEAST 2 women in it.

#2 Those women have to talk to each other  (i.e. not just a girl in a coffee shop who bats her eyes at a male lead).

#3 When they do talk – it has to be about something other than a man.

The results are alarming (if not surprising). Even films with apparently strong female leads (Avatar, Birdman) fail the test. For all it’s hearty loveliness, even Toy Story fails.

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Is this some deep rooted conspiracy against women? According to polygraph.co,

“Rather than generalize a sexist system, one theory is simple: filmmakers, unintentionally, make movies about themselves (i.e., write what you know). Since the most powerful producers, writers, and directors are men, male-themes permeate into Hollywood’s output.”

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Whatever the cause, and despite a new awareness, there sure is a looooooooong way to go to redress the gender balance.

Check out more results and even hone in on a specific film with this great interactive chart: http://poly-graph.co/bechdel/

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