Bechdel Test Movie List

/bech·del test/ n.
1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

[[3]] The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests (although dubious). It was entered by Lauren on 2010-07-22 22:52:34.



Lauren said:
Columbia asks Magenta "You mean she only ever kissed?" This is a question about Janet, not a man. Dubious, though.
Message posted on 2010-07-22 22:52:34
mitch said:
Janet asks Columbia if Frank is her husband.
Message posted on 2011-11-18 16:51:06
Red said:
Columbia tells Magenta to take undressing Janet and Brad "Slowly. It's too nice a job to rush."

Still dubious due to the fact that Riff-Raff was helping Magenta, so it may have been at the both of them.
Message posted on 2012-05-04 00:32:20
Claire said:
I like this film, but agree it's slightly dubious. It's a musical, so does singing count?

If so, Magenta and Columbia have their own verses during the "Touch-a-Touch-a-Touch Me" song. They don't sing about a man, rather their (casual) attraction to each other.
Message posted on 2013-03-05 20:46:19
luminum disagreed with the rating and said:
Not dubious. It passes the strict instruction of the test. Two women talk to one another about something other than a man.

They also sing to one another about something other than a man.

Columbia asks Magenta if what Janet is implying is that Janet is a virgin while they watch her with Rocky. They open the number by shouting to the screen of her, "Tell us about it, Janet!" and laughing.

Janet (singing to Rocky): I've only ever kissed before.

(In their room, watching Janet and Rocky)

Columbia: You mean she's--

Magenta: Uh huh.

When they sing together following the musical number, their exchanges to one another are mocking Janet's naive exposure to sexuality for the first time with Rocky. They repeat her own words to one another as mock lovers.

Columbia: Toucha toucha toucha touch me!

Magenta: I wanna be dirty!

Columbia: Thrill me, chill me, fulfill me!

Magenta: Creature of the night!

If it wasn't just a literal passing of the test, you can also read the entire scene as the differing viewpoints on sexual awakening, desire, agency, and experience, importantly expressed by one woman (Janet), and considered, reflected, and weighed by two other women (Magenta and Columbia) who have their own, more developed views of sexuality. The experience of the scene is clearly designed to explore the diverse feminine viewpoint on sexuality. Though not actually talking to Janet, Columbia and Magenta are asking her to explain her new feelings to them, which they enjoy and mock because they are beyond her. But her sexuality is also of empathetic interest and understanding to them, as they both know what it means to be a virgin and therefore know why it makes Janet's situation special in these circumstances. They don't care about Rocky, they care about Janet's budding sexuality (and enjoy mocking her, too).
Message posted on 2013-06-29 08:49:07

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