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Swedish Cinemas Take Aim at Gender Bias with Bechdel Test Rating

Maria Redin

Cinemas in Sweden are introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it. To get an A rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.

The entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, all Star Wars movies, The Social Network, Pulp Fiction and all but one of the Harry Potter movies fail this test.

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  • BLWMedia

    great idea, it'll be interesting to read more about this...

  • Andrea Margutti

    «The entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, all Star Wars movies, The Social Network, Pulp Fiction and all but one of the Harry Potter movies fail this test," said Ellen Tejle, the director of Bio Rio, an art-house cinema in Stockholm's trendy Södermalm district». I'm not chauvinist, but this is enough to say that this is a bit stupid ;-) no? If we use the same "metrical system" also for books ...we'll have to go back to teach to Shakespeare or Poe or Joyce to use a scale while writing their novels/dramas/etc? ;-) I think no! Culture and society follow other kind of "rules".

  • Maria Redin

    This is fascinating to me. I never realized that two women not talking about men were in such short supply.