## Reverse Bechdel Test

A movie passes the Bechdel Test if these three statements about it are true:

• There are at least two named women in it
• Who talk to each other
• About something besides a man.

Surely there should be a movie where two women talk about the Bechdel test. But I digress.

The Bechdel test website rates famous movies. Currently they have rated 4,683 movies and 56% pass the test. More than half of the movies pass the test. There is hope. Right? Actually they have a separate list of the top 250 famous movies. Only 70 movies, or 28%, from this list pass the test.

My son Alexey suggested the obvious reverse Bechdel test, which is more striking than the Bechdel test. A movie doesn’t pass the test if it

• Has at least two named men characters
• Whenever they talk to each other
• They only talk about women.

I can’t think of any movie like that. Can you?

Share:

1. #### Ionica:

Sex and the City might work (but I am not going to watch it to verify)…

2. #### Tanya Khovanova:

“Sex and the City: Boy, Interrupted (#6.10)” (2003)

Stanford: I missed my prom in high school because…
Anthony Marantino: You were gay.
Stanford: No. My girlfriend and I broke up the night before because…
Anthony Marantino: You were gay.
Stanford: No. I wasn’t gay until…
Anthony Marantino: You were born.
Stanford: Never mind.

3. #### Graham:

Hmm… It is some years since I did formal logic but doesn’t any movie which contains two named men who never talk to each other fail the test? Your test seems to be: Movie fails if there exists named men A, B such that “A and B talk” implies “they talk only about women”. Which is true if there exist named men A, B such that A and B talk is false.

Obviously that isn’t what you meant. But I am genuinely not sure how you mean the test to work. Did you mean that the movie fails if “for all named men A, B, ‘A and B talk’ implies ‘they only talk about women'”? Or the movie fails if “there exists named men A, B such that A and B talk and they only talk about women”?

4. #### Gregory Marton:

Much more common would be the mirror Bechdel, they talk about something other than a woman. “More than half pass” should be viewed in context of how many pass the mirror test.

5. #### Jamougha:

The Devil Wears Prada is the most probable candidate I can think of. It’s obviously quite rare.

6. #### aristogeit:

Since this is edging into politics