Stereotypes In The Bechdel Test

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“I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.” This was one of the most memorable lines from Hillary Clinton’s concession speech to Donald Trump. The quote highlights the state of women in society today, as they are somehow still viewed as incapable of handling such a high position of leadership. But this problem goes beyond simply politics; it boils down to everyday circumstances of gender stereotyping and underrepresentation. With women being denied opportunities every day and young girls growing up believing they don’t have a place in society as a leader or anything more than a supporting character to a man, films and the media industry…show more content…
Popularised by cartoonist Alison Bechdel in 1985, The Bechdel Test, also known as the Bechdel Rule or Mo Movie Measure, is a simple test that determines whether women act as subjects in a story, rather than objects. In the panels of her comic, “Dykes to Watch Out For”, Bechdel presented the test in a strip called “The Rule.” The comic strip featured one woman explaining her “rule” about movies to another woman. The rule names the three following criteria. First, a movie must have a minimum of two, preferably named, female characters. Second, they must sustain a conversation with each other. Finally, that conversation must be about something other than a…show more content…
This is evident in how movies often reduce women to stereotypes, portraying them as two-dimensional characters and undeveloped female supporting characters, primarily created as accessories to male characters’ stories. What the Bechdel test does is highlight this, drawing attention to the gender disparity that exists in the majority of cinematic
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