FF2 Media is proud to announce the launch of The Bechdel-Wallace Test!
Formerly known as “The Bechdel Test,” based on the 1985 comic strip by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the measurement of female significance in film is now “The Bechdel-Wallace Test.” The change honors Liz Wallace, a friend of Alison Bechdel and the originator of the test.
How does a film pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test?
It must include:
1) A scene with two women
2) A scene with two women talking to each other
3) A scene with two women talking to each other about something other than a man
With fewer films reaching wide audiences and many Hollywood blockbusters failing to pass The Bechdel-Wallace test, author Emma Eden Ramos tells FF2 Media, “When we know that films affect people’s actions, dreams and views of each other, we can see that the stereotyped world Hollywood show us isn’t doing any good. The statistics aren’t showing us any hope.” Ramos is referring to the speaking roles in films, 30 percent of which belong to women.
One of Ramos’ suggested solutions for change? Start with the men, specifically those with privileges and power. “We launched a way to spread awareness through Bechdel-Wallace Test. Actors, journalists, directors and the film industry itself seem to be addressing gender equality as a big issue. Of course, that makes me feel hopeful.”
Click HERE to watch the video celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Bechdel-Wallace Test.
The video includes commentary from:
Ellen Tejle (Cinema Rio and A-rate in Sweden), Imogen Grace & Joella Chricton (Bechdel Bill, Canada), More Raca (Arena, Kosovo), Windy Borman (DVA Productions, US), Hauk Heyerdahl (Actor, Norway) Pamela Pianezza (Journalist, France), Kate Kaminski (Bluestocking Film Series, US)
© Brigid K. Presecky FF2 Media (1/12/16)
Photo Cred: Bechdel-Wallace comic strip from “Dykes to Watch Out For“