09/04/2012 02:21 pm ET

'Menopause Is A Punchline To A Joke': An Interview With Alison Bechdel On The Occasion Of Her 50th Birthday

After finding success with her comic strip "Dykes To Watch Out For" — which famously spawned the Bechdel Test, a set of criteria to determine gender bias in entertainment — Alison Bechdel advanced the graphic memoir form while pondering life with her late father in "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic in 2006." Her latest, "Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama," was released this spring. We spoke on August 25, 2010, just before Bechdel's 50th birthday on September 10th.

I feel like 49 doesn't even exist, like I've just been on the precipice of 50 for a whole year. I don't feel like I'm in my 40s. I haven't, for a whole year, felt like I was a person in my 40s.

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