Sexy lamp test

So, there’s the Bechdel test. I’ve got another test that works just as well. The Sexy Lamp test. If you can take out a female character and replace her with a sexy lamp, YOU’RE A FUCKING HACK.

—Kelly Sue DeConnick[1]

The original formulation of the sexy lamp test.[2][1]
The sexy lamp test was created by Kelly Sue DeConnick.[1]

The sexy lamp test is a test of women's and female presence in media proposed by Kelly Sue DeConnick.[3][4] If a female character can be removed from the story and replaced by a sexy lamp - if, that is, the female character does nothing and says nothing that is relevant to the story, with the possible exception of existing as a motivating factor or quest object - then the story fails the test.

Kelly Sue DeConnick explains the test at ComicCon in a discussion called Strong Women & the Creators that Empower Them.[5]

In other words, if women only pose as objects and have no agency within the story arc, in the words of Kelly Sue DeConnick, the writer is "a fucking hack".[1]

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