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Bechdel Test to be Introduced as a Cinema Rating in Sweden

The Bechdel Test is one of the most interesting, controversial, and telling assessments of sexism and misogyny in the movies. And instead of just quantifying these statistics, Sweden is stamping it out.

The Bechdel Test, simply, involves reviewing the following three criteria: are there at least two women in the movie; do they talk to each other; and do they talk about something other than a man. And Sweden have made the first move in introducing a rating system which warns movie goers of the potential sexism, misogyny, and one-minded-one-dimension-female-characters prevalent in the film and the movie itself will only get an A rating should it pass the three criteria mentioned.

Interestingly, several somewhat surprising and high-profile films are included in failing the Bechdel Test: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the Harry Potter series, and the Star Wars franchise.

Check out some more interesting facts regarding the Bechdel Test here: http://bechdeltest.com/

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