Diversity in Film & TV | The Bechdel Test

by Herman Wilkins

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The Bechdel Test is a simple way to gauge the active presence of female characters in Hollywood films and just how well rounded and complete those roles are. It was created by Allison Bechdel in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For in 1985. It is astonishing the number of popular movies that can’t pass this simple test. It demonstrates how little women’s complex and interesting lives are underrepresented or non existent in the film industry. We have jobs, creative projects, friendships and struggles among many other things that are actually interesting in our lives… so Hollywood, start writing about it!

The Bechdel Test

“You want your content to be diverse. It helps your content be more marketable, more thoughtful, more effective, and more inclusive. The push for diversity, both behind the camera and in front of the camera, has become an important issue for the vast majority of production companies and content creators in the modern age.” “Another financial consideration is this: In 2013, tv/films that passed the Bechdel Test earned nearly double the amount of those that did not.  This is something to emphasize when insisting on the diversity of your cast. As a producer, if you want to make adjustments to your project so that you receive the financial incentives, there is a way.  You use the Bechdel Test”

1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it

2. Who talk to each other

3. About something besides a man

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