In an interview, cartoonist Alison Bechdel reveals she also watches "Sex and the City" on loop, and discusses how difficult it can be to write about her family.
In a 1985 strip from Bechdel's long-running comic Dykes to Watch Out For one of her characters says she'll only watch a movie if it has at least two female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man. This was termed the "Bechdel test," and it's still frequently used to evaluate whether a movie is really concerned with women's lives (many popular movies fail). Bechdel's public profile rose further in 2006 with the publication of Fun Home, which told the story of her father's life as a closeted gay man, and his eventual suicide. Her new memoir Are You My Mother? came out this week.