The Bechdel Test By Alison Bechdel Essay

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The Bechdel test was created by Alison Bechdel. It first appeared in her comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” in 1985. To pass the Bechdel test, a film, television show, novel, or other pop culture medium must have at least two women named in it, who talk to each other, and who talk to each other about topics other than men (Jusino). The Bechdel test is not a test for feminism and female empowerment but rather for gender representation. Consequently, a lack of female representation in pop culture mediums has vital repercussions on young girls, as they do not see appropriate gender representation. The Bechdel test does not determine whether a work is feminist and/or female empowering, rather it reveals the amount of gender inequality in the movie, which in turn, reveals the amount of gender inequality in society. Legally Blonde follows Elle Woods, the head of her sorority, the Delta Nus, as she goes to Harvard Law School to win back her boyfriend, Warner. Legally Blonde passes the Bechdel test. There are multiple named female characters, including Elle, Vivian, and Paulette, who talk to each about things other than males. Like Legally Blonde, Grease also passes the Bechdel test. Grease follows Sandy Olsson and Danny Zucko reuniting after a summer fling. There are multiple named female characters, including the Pink Ladies (Rizzo, Frenchie, Marty, Jan, and Patty), Sandy, Cha Cha, and Patty Simcox, who talk to each other about topics other than males.
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