|Synonyms:||Bechdel's Law, Bechdel/Wallace Rule, Dykes to Watch Out For Test, Mo Movie Measure, "Bechdel-Wallace Test"|
|See also:||Misogyny in Fandom; Fuck You, She's Awesome; Mako Mori Test; Furiosa Test; Sexy Lamp Test; Tauriel Test|
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Criteria for picking a movie to watch:
- It has to have at least two named women in it
- who talk to each other
- about something besides a man.
In 2015, Bechdel stated that she actually would rather it be called "the Bechdel-Wallace test" which gives credit to her friend who came up with the idea.
In Pop Culture
The Bechdel Test entered popular culture via Alison Bechdel's comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, in a 1985 strip titled "The Rule." Bechdel credits her friend Liz Wallace for the idea. It's also known as the Bechdel/Wallace Rule and the Mo Movie Measure, though the latter is a misnomer, as the strip predates Mo's addition to the cast of characters.
Though the test is handy as a basic early warning system for films to avoid, it is nevertheless limited. Misogynistic films can still pass the Bechdel test, while far more feminist films will fail if they never have two named female characters talking. For example, Pacific Rim fails the Bechdel test, but it is undeniably feminist. The Mako Mori Test has therefore been suggested as a further measure of feminism in film.
Partially in response to the Bechdel Test and to show that entertainment producers are still failing at it all too often, in 2010 Livejournal user ivanolix came up with a concept for a spectrum of (points of fail) for gender equity in TV shows. 
Some fan fiction authors who use An Archive Of Our Own or AO3 tag their stories "Bechdel Pass" or "Bechdel Test Pass" to indicate a story which passes the test. Others use the tag "Bechdel Fix" to indicate that their story inserts a Bechdel-passing scene into a previously Bechdel-failing canon source. 
Other fans have held Bechdel-themed ficathons. One such event, hosted in penny-lane-42's livejournal,  garnered 119 commentfics (short stories posted in the comment field of a blog or Livejournal). These were indexed on a related account at the delicious website.
Earlier RootsIn the February 1980 issue of "Ms Magazine (page 36)," Joanna Russ was quoted as saying:
"The crucial test of feminism in a work is the presence of at least two women who are friendly. Not one, and not two who are rivals . Male works which try (sometimes honestly) to be feminist almost invariable focus of the woman-man couple among male colleagues. The secret of feminism is what happens when women talk to women, advise women, love women. The two may be lovers, friends, friendly strangers, or friendly colleagues, but this is the absolute precondition for (a) feminism or (b) truth."
- Bechdel, Alison. The Rule, published on 16 August 2005 at DTWOF: The Blog. (Accessed 19 October 2008.)
- How the Standard for Gender Equality in Culture Became Known as the 'Bechdel Test' - The Atlantic, Archived version
- Ulaby, Neda. The 'Bechdel Rule,' Defining Pop-Culture Character, published on 2 September 2008 at http://www.npr.org/. (Accessed 19 October 2008.)
- Standards for gender equity in TV shows, Livejournal entry by ivanolix, 18 November 2010, (Accessed 3 April 2011)
- Works with Bechdel-related tags at the AO3 295 Bechdel-tagged stories as of April 7, 2011.
- penny-lane-42, THE BECHDEL TEST COMMENT FIC-A-THON Posted Oct 10, 2010. Last accessed April 7, 2011.
- Bechdel Test's Bookmarks Last accessed April 7, 2011.
- "Give us your ignored, your unsung, your stories of women waiting to be told..." While we love all the stories spun during Yuletide, and the writers who spin them, we've also noticed a trend — many fandoms fail the Bechdel Test. The test, on its surface, is simple and three-pronged. But in fic, as in popular media, many stories fail the test, highlighting or hinging on gender bias that exists within canon and a lack of true female representation in fandom as a whole. So we're proposing a challenge within a challenge, similar to Dark Agenda. A challenge where you, dear author, meet the criteria set out in Bechdel’s original test." The Misses Clause Challenge post by freneticloetry in the yuletide LJ comm, 20 Nov 2011. (Accessed 4 Jan 2012)
- Works tagged "Misses Clause Challenge" at the AO3 (319 works on 4 Jan 2012)