Parabasis: The Bechdel Test:
For those of you who haven't heard of it, the Bechdel test comes from Alison Bechdel's germinal comic Dykes to Watch Out For. In DTWOF there's a character named Mo who will only watch a movie if it:
(a) Has two women in it who
(b) Talk to each other
(c) About something other than a man
What's so brilliant about this test is how eye-opening it is once you apply it.