There's an older thread on this, but it was a year ago and apparently became sidetracked a bit. And there were a couple of posts I found shocking, like "why should we care"? So if people are interested in trying again, I've started a new thread. What is The Bechdel Test? The test is simple. In order to pass, a movie need only have a minimum of two named female characters and they must talk to each other at least once about something other than men. It's quite shocking when you find out which rather famous blockbusters fail this simple test. Lord of the Rings Star Wars Star Trek Into the Darkness The Master Enders game The Fifth Estate (really, no significant female involvement in Wikileaks?) It's not a perfect test. It may not be applicable to a movie with very few characters like, Gravity. There are a lot of objections noted on the movie ratings. Why should it matter? When huge blockbusters, epics, and docudramas don't have normal female characters interacting with each other it subtly says women don't count. Write them out of history, write them out of movies and books, and you write them off.