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Our name is derived from the BECHDEL TEST, so...
what is the BECHDEL TEST?
The Bechdel Test, sometimes called the Mo Movie Measure, Bechdel Rule or the Bechdel-Wallace Test, is a simple test you can apply to any film or television show which asks three questions: (1) Are there at least two female characters, (2) who talk to each other, (3) about something other than a man? (With bonus points if the women have names.)
The test was popularized by graphic novelist and FUN HOME writer, Alison Bechdel, for a 1985 comic strip. Bechdel credited the idea to a friend, Liz Wallace, and the writings of Virginia Woolf.
"I tried to remember any case in the course of my reading where two women were represented as friends. (...) They are now and then mothers and daughters, but almost without exception they are shown in their relation to men ... seen only in relation to the other sex. And how small a part of a woman's life is that." Virginia Woolf - English writer considered one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century
Since then The Bechdel Test has turned into a mainstream movement to show the disparity of female representation in film and television. In 2016, approximately 30% of the top movies failed the Bechdel Test, and in 2015 all eight films nominated for best picture were about men and only two passed the Bechdel Test. On the flip side, how many film and television shows have at least two male characters talking about something other than a woman? 99 to 100 %. We hope to change that.