It’s always nice when ratings can clue you in about a film’s sex-violence-profanity level before you settle in with your popcorn. But what about the sexist factor? That’s remained a mystery — until now, perhaps, thanks to some Swedish cinemas that have begun implementing a feminist rating system called the Bechdel test, according to Yahoo Shine.
The site reports the litmus test has actually been around for a while—since 1985, when American cartoonist Alison Bechdel (author of “Fun Home”) created it for her long-running “Dykes to Watch Out For” comic strip.
It eventually became common film parlance, at least among movie buffs and reviewers. To receive Bechdel's new “A” rating (for "Approved"), a film has to meet three seemingly simple requirements: It must contain at least two female characters, those two characters must converse, and they must talk about something other than a man, Yahoo Shine reports.
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