So to pass the Bechdel Test, a movie has to pass these three questions:
- Does it have at least two women in it who have names?
- Do they talk to each other?
- Do they discuss something besides a man?
But the goal of this test is not just to determine whether a film meets these criteria. It is intended to give us a broader understanding of the film industry and its tendency to cater more to men than women and to portray women in one dimension.
Just recently, Swedish movie theaters have begun using the Bechdel test to rate films. If a film passes the test, it gets an "A" rating, if not, it remains unrated. The goal of the rating system is to encourage the industry to portray "more female stories and perspectives on cinema screens". Smart move, isn't it?