(1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man.

Question Description

The Bechdel Test, sometimes called the Mo Movie Measure or Bechdel Rule is a simple test which names the following three criteria: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man. The test was popularized by Alison Bechdel's comic Dykes to Watch Out For, in a 1985 strip called The Rule. For a nice video introduction to the subject please check out The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies on

Next time you watch a move perform this test to see if it meets these standards. Want some more extra credit? Type up a reaction and your analysis on how the film you watched does or does not meet the standards and submit it here for 10 points!

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Final Answer


The Bechdel Test – Outline
Thesis: he analysis presents the review of the movie “The Mask You Live In” against the
Bechdel test to determine if the film meets the requirement of gender equality.

Test 1 - if the movie has at least two women.
1. The film has many women including Dr. Nadine Burke, Dr. Carol Gilligan, Dr. Madeline
Levine, Dr. Judy Chu, Gabriella Sarlo, Molly Yim, Dr. Niobe Way, Ana Montes and
Ashley Burch.
2. The movie passes the first Bechdel test because it has more than two women.


Test 2 – if the women have a conversation with each other.
1. There is no constructive dialogue between women that amount into a conversation in the
2. Therefore, the movie does not pass the second feminist Bechdel test.


Test 3- if the topic is not about a man.
1. The movie a...

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