The Bechdel Test: Representation of women in popular entertainment

John August is one of the latest to bring up the Bechdel test in his screenwriting blog.

Screenwriters: Think back over the scripts you’ve written, and ask yourself three questions about each one:

  1. Are there two or more female characters with names?
  2. Do they talk to each other?
  3. If they talk to each other, do they talk about something other than a man?

In my own recent stuff, Q-Burger fails, but I think The Winchcombe passes. Barely.


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