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March 25, 2013

Over the past month I have watched a number of different movies. For the most part they were from a multitude of genres. As i watched the movies Safe Haven, Zero Dark Thirty, Trouble with the Curve just to name a few, i observed and evaluated the Bechdel test. The Bechdel test looks at three components in the movie. Are there two or more women in the movie with names, do they talk to each other, and do they talk to each about something besides. The three points most be present in the movie in order to pass the Bechdel test.Safe Haven (2013) Poster

The three movies i listed above would fail the Bechdel test. In two of the three movies only one female was present throughout the film,and the other film the women talked about men. I never noticed the lack of women in the type of movies that i watch. I prefer to watch action movies and the only time a woman is being shown is for sexualization which is quite shocking.


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  1. I agree with you that in action movies women just seem to be used as sexual objects. It is so surprising how many movies do not pass the bechdel test. There need to be more movies out there that are about women and when they do involve women they don’t always need to be talking about men. We are very productive beings, our whole life doesn’t focus on what men are doing. Thanks for sharing your findings!

  2. I never really realize this until we talked about it. It is so shocking how many movies just do not pass this test. Now when watching movies I always look to see how women are being portrayed and if they are passing the bechdel test. Yes, usually woman are just portrayed as sexual objects. It is so weird to think that we as society and social media has shaped all these things we are trying to overcome now.

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