Things go bet­ter with Bechdel

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We prom­ise this will be the last story on the Bechdel Test (for a while, any­way). As we’ve men­tioned many times be­fore, the in­for­mal test, de­vised by car­toon­ist Ali­son Bechdel, as­sesses gen­der equal­ity in film-mak­ing. In par­tic­u­lar, it ad­dresses whether or not a script al­lows fe­male char­ac­ters to speak to one an­other about any­thing else aside from men. It’s been con­firmed that films which pass the test per­form , on aver­age, slightly bet­ter at the box-of­fice than those that fail. “Films that fea­ture mean­ing­ful in­ter­ac­tions be­tween women may in fact have a bet­ter re­turn on in­vest­ment, over­all, than films that don’t,” the re­port con­cluded. This shouldn’t sur­prise us. The Hunger Games is a smash. Di­ver­gent has done well. And, two weeks ago, Frozen be­came the most suc­cess­ful an­i­mated film ever at the box of­fice.

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