The Bechdel Test


If you haven’t read Alison Bechdel’s work, you will find a smart, feminist cartoonist who isn’t afraid to share her personal story in the name of art. I didn’t know about her work as a comic strip artist until after I came across (and absolutely enjoyed) her comic drama, Are You My Mother.

In her comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For one of her characters explains the rules for what has become the Bechdel Test: at least two women characters in a work of fiction talk to each other about something other than a man. My dear friend and colleague Dr. Emily Erickson made the following video in which the 2015 Oscar nominees are put to the test.


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