I believe there is a test somewhere, where you watch a movie or whatever and you keep an eye out for what women normally talk about and there's a check-list you have to follow, but I can't remember what it's called.
Anyway, it's really surprising how in pretty much everything I've watched, women are almost always talking about a guy. You noticed this too?
- Yup, I noticed this in pretty much everything I watch38% (10)48% (15)44% (25)Vote
- Yeah, but not in almost anything, only some31% (8)16% (5)23% (13)Vote
- Yes but not that much of it19% (5)10% (3)14% (8)Vote
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Most Helpful Girl
It's called the Bechdel test, by the way, you're right. To pass the Bechdel test, there has to be two female characters, they have to talk to each other, and the conversation has to be about something other than a man. Unfortunately, so many things fail the test which is basically ankle-height. In my experience, women in real life don't talk about men nearly as much as movies would have you believe :P7
Most Helpful Guy
haha, yes, the Bechdel test. To pass, a work of fiction needs to have two women (usually needs to be two named women) talk to each other about something other than a man. It's used to point out gender inequality in fiction, because it seems like it should be an incredibly simple test to pass, but it's not. While films are getting better, only about half of all films released can pass such a simple test.
A woman saying a line to another woman who doesn't respond to that line doesn't count as a 'conversation' - there needs to be at least a reply. And movies as big as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, or Avatar... or the entire original Star Wars trilogy... or the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy (seriously, 10 hours of movie, and no two female characters ever speak to each other...). In Avatar they at least have a conversation... but it's about a man.
The good thing, in my opinion, is that since this has become a 'thing', something that more people actively pay attention to, it's started becoming better. It's spawned a few other tests too, like one for software development to encourage more gender representation, and one of LGBT character inclusion.
Weird though, once you know about it, to see how prevalent a problem it is.5