This wasn't originality meant to become a big thing (although it was meant to raise an important issue), but I find that this 'test' is often a little limited in that it doesn't give you a comprehensive picture of how something actually is.The Bechdel test asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added. Many contemporary works fail this test of gender bias.
The test is named after the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel. In 1985, she had a character in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For voice the idea, which she attributed to a friend, Liz Wallace. The test was originally conceived for evaluating films but has since been applied to other media. It is also known as the Bechdel/Wallace test, the Bechdel rule, Bechdel's law, or the Mo Movie Measure.
But otherwise, it is very illuminating. The http://bechdeltest.com/ website seems to rate about 50% of recently released movies as passing it, which may seem not so bad, but often the qualification given is for a very short conversation. Also, if you look at their list for the top 250 movies as rated by imdb: http://bechdeltest.com/top250/ the situation seems more dire. There seems to be a huge shortage of top-notch movies that show women in a somewhat satisfactory way.
Of course if you watching one very good movie that doesn't pass, this doesn't matter so much. But if the only movies that do pass are some average or worse kitchen sink dramas then that of course is a huge problem. Maybe part of the issue is that if a director tries to break the mould they often come across as Trying Too Hard...it is also possible that Top movies with badass female action characters is wholly unnatural to the delicate feminine temperament.