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13 Diverse Musicals to Sweeten Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Departure from Hamilton

And we're the damn website that listed 'em.

When Lin-Manuel Miranda departs Hamilton tonight, it will mark something of the end of an era for the groundbreaking Broadway musical. Though the show will run for many years to come—including a sit-down production in Chicago—it will do so without its creator at the helm. In honor of how dramatically Miranda’s show has changed the […]

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No, Duke Freshmen. Boycotting Fun Home Is Not a Push for “Genuine Diversity.”

I empathize with Duke freshmen who are concerned they'll go to hell for doing their summer reading. But I empathize more with the people Fun Home was written about.

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Alison Bechdel Would Like You to Call It the “Bechdel-Wallace Test,” ThankYouVeryMuch

While it's no secret that the Bechdel Test has its roots in several places, its being featured in Alison Bechdel's 1985 comics classic, Dykes to Watch Out For, cemented it as being associated with Bechdel. Well now, she'd like to change that.

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Duke Students Protest Having to Read “Pornographic” Fun Home

*Sighs herself into oblivion*

Honestly, the only part of this story that surprises me is that Duke picked Fun Home as mandatory reading. Way to go, I guess, Duke?

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Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home Now Coming To Broadway As An Acclaimed Musical

Three Alisons, one awesome adaptation.

We've been keeping an eye on the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's critically acclaimed graphic novel memoir, Fun Home, since word of the project was first announced back in 2011. The Fun Home musical, written by playwright Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori, has had an amazing life since then, and is now coming to Broadway!

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Male Sci-Fi Authors Talk Feminism, the Bechdel Test and Genre Writing in New HeForShe Video

Yes, HeForShe. You have correctly identified The Mary Sue's interests.

"The purpose of a woman in ’50s science fiction “was to make the man look good, and scream when the bug-eyed monsters came in. My mother hated that trope; and she said, you know, ‘If a bug-eyed monster was invading my home, I’d find the nearest frying pan and beat the crap out of him!’"

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Comic Writer and Artist Alison Bechdel Just Won a MacArthur Genius Grant

Petition to start calling it the "Genius Bechdel Test."

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently announced the names of the 21 recipients for their 2014 grant, and guess who got one? Well, okay, you don't have to, because her name's in the headline—it's Alison Bechdel! Hooray!

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How Does Your Favorite Star Trek Series Fare on the Bechdel Test?

Which series fares best? Hint: It's WAY cool.

A little over a year ago, with the help of a few other Trekkies I met through Tumblr, I took on a huge but super-fun project: running each and every live-action Star Trek episode—from The Original Series through Enterprise—through the Bechdel Test.

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Things We Saw Today: Superheroines In Love

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Kat Leyh's webcomic Supercakes chronicles the off-duty moments of super-couple Molly and May. Dang it, now I want pancakes. (via io9)

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Things We Saw Today: A Snowball Fight for Charity

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Creator of The Dreamer Lora Innes has gotten 127 artists together to fight human trafficking at Comic Creators for Freedom. Each artist is tasked with creating an original female character, which will be incorporated into one big picture -- of an epic snowball fight. So far, they've raised $15,000, and you can add your two cents (or more) by downloading the picture as wallpaper through January 20. (via Geek With Curves)

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Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home to Be Made Into a Stage Musical

Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. Yes.

There is a new wonder team in town: playwright Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori have been developing a stage musical of Fun Home, the award-winning graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. A semi-autobiographical account of Bechdel's coming out as a lesbian as a teenager to her closeted father and his dual occupations as a funeral home director and high school English teacher, the story includes several references to every kind of literature you can imagine, and is coming to the stage courtesy of the Sundance Institute Theater Program.

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