The Bechdel test is a test of female characterisation in movies. Passing the Bechdel test requires that:
- the movie [media] has at least two women characters;
- who talk to each other;
- about something other than a man.
Passing or failing the test is not an ironclad guarantee of well-rounded, feminist, characterisation but it is indicative of the problems of token women characters. The point of the test is not whether individual works pass or fail, but what the trend over major masses of media are. A vast amount of geeky media fails the test.
The test has been applied to various media:
- tigtog applied it to a list of the “Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years”, with few books meeting the full criteria at Larvatus Prodeo
- TV Tropes has the Deggans Rule
- Latoya Peterson has some drafts of a race version of the Bechdel test: racialicious.com
- Alaya Dawn Johnson posted the literal race version of the test and applied it to science fiction at The Angry Black Woman
- Ars Marginal posted a version that required: "a movie must have: at least one named character of color, whose primary trait is not their race, who does something important besides help a White person." 
- Lauredhel made a variant for children's toys, regarding whether there were two girls depicted in an advertisement and whether they were playing at being stereotypical women or not at Hoyden About Town
- Randall Munroe analyzed how many popular recent films had two female leads. Fugitivus analyzed the response to his post.
- DTWOF: The Blog: The Rule explaining the history of the rule and displaying the original comic.
- Dykes to Watch Out For on Wikipedia
- Five ThirtyEight.com finds that movies that pass the Bechdel test do better in the box office.