Here’s a handy memory device for the next time you watch a movie.
It will help you remember the 3 rules to Alison Bechdel’s measurement of gender bias in media.
The bottom line is TWO–are there two named female characters on screen? If yes, great! Advance to the next level.
The second is TALK–do these female characters talk to and interact with each other? If yes, holy crap, you’re moving up to…
The third criteria TESTES–do our characters talk about something besides testicles? If they only talk about men, the film fails. But if they do not, hurrah! Get that star!
The original context of this test was a comic strip, yet I find myself amazed and horrified at how regularly films fail it….and often on the first level. Try it for yourself sometime.