Reflect on the last film that you watched. How many female characters (with names) were in it? Did they talk to each other? About something other than a man? These questions form what is called the Bechdel Test. Watch this two-minute clip about the Bechdel Test, then tell a friend or colleague about whether the film you watched passes the test!
How does it help?
The Bechdel Test draws attention to gender bias and sexism in film, including the invisibility of women in film and the harmful ways in which women are often depicted. Many films portray women in stereotyped, sexualised and objectified ways – reinforcing rigid gender roles and stereotypes and inequality between women and men. Gender inequality is recognised internationally as a root cause of violence against women.
There are lots of ways you can continue to challenge gender bias in films:
- Vote with your wallet; boycott films and TV shows that perpetuate gender bias and stereotypes about women
- Support films made by women and about women; check out the Australian World of Women Film Festival
- Read this Australian report by Screen Australia to learn about gender bias in the Australian film and television industry
- Sign up to the email bulletins from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, to keep up to date about gender inequality in media news
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