Alison Bechdel doodles for a living. Okay, she “doodles” complex, groundbreaking comics and graphic novels. Her long-running strip Dykes To Watch Out For accurately and humorously captures a certain set of political academic lesbian pals and their sexual and interpersonal hijinx, and is well worth a read (if you have a spare week or two). That said, her first graphic novel, Fun Home, was Time‘s 2006 Book of the Year and is my primary reason Alison is definitely a Lady you should know. She is a brutally honest memoirist, a feminist, a lesbian, and MAN can she doodle. Personally, I can’t wait until she takes on the gay in a major way with her next memoir, Love Life: A Case Study, which is overdue to come out.
Check out her very awesome website HERE.
The Bechdel Test
The basic principle first appears in a 1985 strip entitled “The Rule”, in which a character says that she only watches a movie if it satisfies the following requirements:
1. It has to have at least two women in it,
2. Who talk to each other,
3. About something besides a man.