A Bechdel Test for Heteronormativity in Popular Music

An excerpt from Alison Bechdel’s comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For (1985). Wikimedia
  1. The song mentions something to do with sexuality in the lyrics (romance and/or sex), as well as one of the two below:
  2. It does not explicitly or implicitly specify the gender the singer is attracted to (allowing for a listener of any sexuality to project their own experiences onto it),
  3. or it explicitly or implicitly specifies that the speaker is attracted to the same gender (exclusively or not).



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Kim Louise Davis

Kim Louise Davis


Kim Louise Davis is a freelance Japanese to English translator and hobbyist musician.