November 11, 2020

Why is the BECHDEL test so difficult?

Marie Williamson

The BECHDEL test, 2020

My work is a short play inspired by real life experiences that highlight the pressures of being a modern day woman. The play explores the complexity of ‘figuring out’ how to be and fulfil the role of the independent woman who doesn’t need of, think of and absolutely does not speak of ‘man’. In trying to achieve this untouchable state of ‘woman’ we forget and ignore the impact the past/present has had on ourselves, our mothers, grandmothers, great-grand mothers, great-great grandmothers, and the transgenerational trauma we carry, being a woman in a so-called man’s world. Let’s not forget we live in a world which was built by and for man.