Reverse Bechdel Test
As you prolly already know, the Bechdel Test for movies determines whether there is “significant” female presence.
1. It has to have at least two women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man
You prolly know a lot of movies — especially action/adventure/sci-fi — fail this test.
Here’s a viral video demonstrating:
So the posse watched Return to Oz, and that is a female, female, female movie. Dorothy, Ozma, Aunt Em, and Jean Marsh as the spooky nurse/Mombi (related: I <3 Jean Marsh). One -- this movie is rad and deserves to be seen, IMHO. Two -- No human dudes even share a scene! There are many lively characters with male voices, but the human women far out-presence the human men.
I can tell you now that most of the movies I loved as a kid had strong female presence. Sure, there were exceptions — Neverending Story, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, The Fox and the Hound. But most were quite Bechdeltastic (Beetlejuice, The Rescuers).
[Woh — I just realized Who Framed Roger Rabbit fails the Bechdel Test. Dawwww.]
Anyway, this made me wonder which of the movies I grew up with would fail the REVERSE Bechdel Test — which is, it doesn’t have two men (or, for discussion sake, male characters) who talk to each other about something other than a woman. Cos check it out:
Secret of NIMH – It’s 40 minutes before two male characters interact, but they do. PASS.
The Little Mermaid – Correct me if I’m wrong — I haven’t seen it in a while — but pretty much all Eric, Scuttle, Flounder, Sebastian and King Triton can talk about is Ariel. FAIL?
Beauty and the Beast – In song, Le Fou brings up a non-Belle topic with Gaston: Gaston. Belle’s father deals with everybody. And Lumiere and Cogsworth plot with each other. SUPERPASS.
The Last Unicorn – Hunters briefly talk hunting; Shmendrick tricks dudes. PASS.
It’s just interesting, is all.
Aaaaaand totally unrelated:
A gymnast, Michael Sundin, stood upside-down (with legs bent) and backwards inside Tik-Tok’s body to move the legs.
WHAAAAAAAA?! Puppeteering is crazy. Now you know.
I will now do this also take me to an antique shoppe immeds pls kthx.
Very interesting indeed, but I have to tell you that Return to Oz is a large part of the language my sister and I speak. Any time I’m in a shop full of knick-knacks and I see something dark green, I put my hand on it and say “OZ!”
….So far, nothing.