After our recent reading of Allison Bechdel’s graphic novel and her appearance the Queer Methods conference, I found myself delighted upon seeing this article featuring the lady herself while procrastinating on facebook. The article describes how Swedish cinemas are now placing an official letter grade rating on films that have been assessed for the balance of gender representation in their content. The basis for this evaluation comes from one of Allison Bechdel’s Dykes To Watch Out For strips from 1985.
The Bechdel Test is comprised of three questions:
1) Does the film have at least two female characters with names?
2) Do they talk to each other?
3) Do they talk about things other than men?
What do you think of the Bechdel test? Does it cover enough ground? Would you like to see this system put into action in North American cinemas or on television? Do you see any problems with the test or its implementation?