|Synonyms:||Bechdel's Law, Bechdel/Wallace Rule, Dykes to Watch Out For Test, Mo Movie Measure, "Bechdel-Wallace Test"|
|See also:||Misogyny in Fandom; Fuck You, She's Awesome; Mako Mori Test; Furiosa Test; Sexy Lamp Test; Tauriel Test|
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The Willis Test is a test proposed by the late critic Ellen Willis. In essence, if you swapped the gender of the singer in a song, would it make sense as a counterpart, or would it raise eyebrows?
It was inspired by this passage from the essay "Now I'm Gonna Move" that Willis wrote:
A crude but often revealing method of assessing male bias in lyrics is to take a song written by a man about a woman and reverse the sexes. By this test, a diatribe like [ the Rolling Stones'] "Under My Thumb" is not nearly so sexist in its implications as, for example, Cat Stevens' gentle, sympathetic "Wild World"; Jagger's fantasy of sweet revenge could easily be female—in fact, it has a female counterpart, Nancy Sinatra's "Boots" — but it's hard to imagine a woman sadly warning her ex-lover that he's too innocent for the big bad world out there. 
- Rocks Off: For so many women, to express one’s enthusiasm, knowledge, or beliefs means starting out on the defensive., Archived version by Erin Sheehy (November 22, 2011)