Lady A Day 041: Alison Bechdel

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.

And did you know Alison is so awesome, she co-created the truly genius Bechdel Test?

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.

There are even multiple blogs where folks put movies to The Bechdel Test, and NPR did a story on it as well.


2 thoughts on “Lady A Day 041: Alison Bechdel

  1. Isn’t “Fun Home” one of the books you just recommended to me? I have seen DTWOF, but I’m not a follower of it. I know, bad techie-dyke. Bad.

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