[Alison Bechdel's strip] popularized what is now known as the Bechdel Test, also named the Mo Movie Measure or Bechdel's Law. Bechdel credits Liz Wallace for the test. The test 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:
- It has to have at least two women in it, who
- talk to each other about,
- something besides a man.
You would be amazed, once you start watching for it, how very very rare this kind of scene is in movies, violent and non-.