A few weeks ago, a friend introduced me to the Bechdel Test, as discussed by Marie Phillips here.
It's named after Alison Bechdel, who wrote the comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For It first appeared in said strip. In order to pass, the film or show must meet the following criteria:
1. It includes at least two women...
2. who have at least one conversation...
3. about something other than a man or men.
(It's good if they have names, too.)
When you watch the screen with this in mind, you can get pretty depressed. Telly does better than film. I just wanted to say that the first film I thought of that meets these, and meets it in spades, is Kirsten Dunst cheerleader movie Bring it On (a good film, I promise). The cheerleaders are focused on competing as cheerleaders. It's a sports movie about girls, basically.
The reason I am mentioning it today: I love US high school drama. I can't help it. I don't really understand what's going on in US high schools, but I love the movies. Last night, I watched Coach Carter for the first time. It was more mature about abortion than half the US news you watch. Among many other things.