Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (September 5, 2008)


Out cartoonist Alison Bechdel appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered this week to talk about her famous Bechdel Rule, and how it applies to this fall’s television lineup.

“The Rule” first appeared in Bechdel’s strip Dykes to Watch Out For in 1985. It details the three criteria a movie has to meet before she’ll watch it: 1) It has to have at least two women in it, who 2) talk to each other about 3) something that isn’t a man.

"You’re constantly watching TV shows that don’t reflect [your] reality back to you," Bechdel said in her NPR interview. "You feel a dissonance; you feel you’re not connected to the culture."

Translation: On television, girls only talk to other girls when they need advice about boys.

Bechdel is right: That doesn’t even begin to reflect my reality.

So, what are some good shows to watch this fall, according to The Rule? Well, Bechdel and NPR chose ABC Family’s The Middleman, about a teenage crime-fighting assistant who talks with her best friend about art and their future careers. They also chose Tina Fey‘s 30 Rock because Liz Lemon is dead sexy has great interaction with other women who care about more than their boyfriends.

The show that is an epic failure, according to The Bechdel Rule? Grey’s Anatomy. Seattle Grace Hospital is filled with dozens of intelligent, beautiful women, and the only thing on their minds seems to be who made out with whom in what on-call room.

Alison Bechdel’s Dykes to Watch Out For is on hiatus while she finishes her graphic novel Love Life, which is due out in 2009.

Let’s hope that by then Grey’s Anatomy can make it to The Bechdel Rule’s "yes" list. If not, let’s hope the "who" and "whom" in the on-call room are Callie Torres and Erica Hahn. And if they don’t make the "yes" list, let’s hope it’s not because they’re talking about boys, but because they’re not talking at all.

— by StuntDouble

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