What is the Bechdel Test, you ask? It's very simple, actually. In order for anything to pass the whole test, the piece of literature in question (or movie, or TV show) must adhere to these three rules:
1) The narrative (or movie, or TV show) must have at least two women in it...
2) ...who talk to each other...
3) ...about something besides a man.
It's not as easy as it sounds.
The test was named for cartoonist and writer Alison Bechdel who invented it with Liz Wallace and featured it in one of her comic strips. The test has become more than just a pop-culture joke because it's a real issue.
Don't believe us? Here are some recent movies that have failed said test:
Avatar, Star Trek (the 2009 movie), Iron Man, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Transformers, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, the entire original Star Wars trilogy, and The Amazing Spider Man.
And that's just a small portion!
What movies have you seen that you think don't pass the Bechdel Test? Does the test make any difference to whether you would want to see a movie or not? Sound off below!