There’s a famous metric called the Bedchel Test (or the Betchel Test, or the Bechel Test, depending on your mood). Named after cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who first proposed it, it involves a very simple metric that a surprising amount of movies (even the most critically acclaimed ones) fail.
In order to pass the Bechdel Test, a movie must have:
(1) two female characters
(2) who have a conversation
(3) that is not about men.
The Bechdel Test is no good for judging a movie’s actual quality at an individual scale, but it displays a very systemic problem in the movie industry as a whole, mainly in their depiction of female characters.
Conversely, I proposed a similar test to my wife concerning love songs. In order to pass this test, which I have just tautologically named “The Test,” a love song must pass this simple metric:
(1) The love interest must be a woman who has one characteristic praised by the singer
(2) that is not based on physical beauty, appearance, or sexual attraction.
I do not command a large library of love songs in my head (I find the vast majority of them nauseating), but at the moment, the only song I can think of right now that passes the test is Cake’s Short Skirt, Long Jacket. It does detail her ability to cut through red tape and her financial assets, not just her physical assets.
I have noticed a lot of love songs that detail a woman’s ability to spend money, but this is never (as far as I know) praised.
Can anyone else think of a love song that passes the test?