The Carie-Burns Test Gets Illustrated!

As we all know, my dog Bechdel is a lover of classic comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, which was created by her brilliant namesake Alison Bechdel.

She’s a big reader. Comic strip by Alison Bechdel (c)1985.

Bechdel (the woman) inspired a lot of my earliest thoughts about gender and media with the Bechdel-Wallace Test (named for her and her friend Liz Wallace, who inspired the idea for the famous comic strip). Bechdel (the dog) has been highly supportive of my continued inquiry into these matters (via this blog, as well as my other writing).

She even gave me this book! What a patroness of feminist thought! Pictured with MEN, WOMEN, AND CHAINSAWS by Carol J. Clover, pub. 1992.

The Bechdel-Wallace test inspired me to look into other metrics for gender representation in film, and ultimately led me to collaborate with my brilliant friend D. T. Burns to create our very own gender-in-horror test, The Carie-Burns Test!

In addition to being a puppet-maker, animator, writer, theater-creator, and collaborator of mine, D. T. Burns also draws super charming comics! And now, because there is no end to the awesomeness that is D. T., he has gifted Bechdel and me with this glorious rendition of the Carie-Burns Test in comic form.


(c) D. T. Burns 2021

Published by Brandy N. Carie

Playwright. Director. Producer. Feminist Takes on Horror Films.

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