Meaning of Bechdel test in English:

Bechdel test

Pronunciation /ˈbɛkdəl ˌtɛst/


  • A way of evaluating whether or not a film or other work of fiction portrays women in a way that is sexist or characterized by gender stereotyping. To pass the Bechdel test a work must feature at least two women, these women must talk to each other, and their conversation must concern something other than a man.

    ‘a lot of Hollywood movies fail the Bechdel test miserably’
    • ‘The system measures whether or not a film passes the Bechdel Test.’
    • ‘Named for its popularizer, the Bechdel test has three requirements an artistic piece must meet in order to pass.’
    • ‘It also passes the Bechdel test with flying colors, giving female characters decent screentime together.’
    • ‘Hollywood films have a long-standing tradition of minimalizing women's roles, and a very simple way to demonstrate this is the Bechdel Test.’
    • ‘Movie theaters in Sweden have begun using the Bechdel Test to rate the level of meaningful female presence in movies.’


Early 21st century from the name of the US cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who formulated the criteria in 1985 in a comic strip ‘The Rule’, part of the series Dykes To Watch Out For (1983–2008).