Well, I have two ways for us to consider. One is the sort-of famous Bechdel Test, apparently proposed by Alison Bechdel who is a fabulous feminist author and all-around rabble-rouser. The Bechdel Test goes like this:
There must be more than one female character;
They must talk to each other;
About something other than men.
Another test I like was brought up in a recent thread on I Blame The Patriarchy on why old movies suck. This test goes like this:
Name a movie where the protagonist is an adult woman, and she ends up:
1. Alive and healthy
3. Not in love
I like both of these tests very much--and if you really think about it, most movies do not pass either test. This state of affairs really sucks. Even movies that overtly grapple with feminist issues, such as Thelma and Louise, fail the tests.
So what does this suggest about movies, feminism, patriarchy and popular culture?