The Bechdel Test
This is a video that runs through the movies that were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars and measures them for how well-represented women are in the Hollywood scene. They use the Bechdel Test – what initially began as a bit of a joke now really highlights the lack of a significant female presence in films. Basically it says that if a movie passes the test it must fulfill the following conditions:
1. The movie must contain at least 2 women.
2. They must have names
3. They must talk about something else other than a man.
The sad thing about this Bechdel test, besides the fact that it even has to exist, is that very few films even pass the test. You would think that in 2012 that women would play a bigger part in the Hollywood industry, but the jobs are saturated with male director, producers, and writers who make movies about male centered themes. The Bechdel test, however, brings to light the male centered presence in film and it does recognize the fact that there should be some more variety in Hollywood with other minority groups as well.