Screenwriter Craig Mazin has been somewhat ambivalent about the Bechdel Test:
”The one thing I don’t think anybody would want this test to be, including the people who initially popularized it, is kind of a scolding nanny over the shoulders of filmmakers. We don’t want to put women in movies because we’re being told we ought to, otherwise we’re jerks.
What we should be trying to do is … a kind of general positive acceptance of a world where there are more interesting female characters in movies who are behaving in ways that aren’t contextualized entirely by men or their relationships with men.
And if that works for your story, great. Because you’ve decided if it could work for my story it should work for story [sic]. But that doesn’t mean, like, okay, the nun is going to slap you on the knuckles with her ruler if you fail.”
It’s a new form of soft censorship, that’s all. “People should make movies how I tell them to, instead of me deciding to make movies, I should be able to tell everyone else how they will behave.” Wow when you realize that, it’s not just soft censorship, but directly fascism and totalitarianism.