I love the work of cartoonist/author Alison Bechdel, and I’m thrilled that she won a MacArthur genius grant. I’ve been following her since the 1980s. But even more, I love the Bechdel Test, which is pretty simple. It’s a system that rates movies like this:
(1) it has to have at least two women in it, who
(2) who talk to each other, about
(3) something besides a man.
It’s depressing, how few movies meet even that minimal standard.