Okay, so riffing off of the Bechdel test discussed in my earlier post, here's the Lemon Hound Lit Rule for assessing the cultural acuity of a given contemporary literary discussion, publication, essay, critical debate, or otherwise, purporting to be speaking generally of a literature or literatures, as opposed to something specialized, ie, men's or masculinist literature, etc.
a/ mention two or more female writers or thinkers outside of the speaker's immediate circle, preferably one who is alive, one who the speaker hasn't published, slept with, or married
b/ the reference must not be simply a woman who has written favorably about the person pontificating, not simply a back scratch...
c/ at least one of the females referenced is not one who is identified solely with male literature
d/ that at least one of the women's work or her thinking be included and not simply named as a token, or one who would easily support said pontificate's pov or argument for a better world
I would so love not to have to keep pointing this out...
update: people had trouble with a few of the wordings. Here's a second attempt:
a/ include at least two female writers who are strangers to the writer (ideally one should still be alive)
b/ the writer must also be a stranger to that person (not simply a fan of the writer or a favourable reviewer)
c/ at least one of the women should not be identified soley with the literature of men (i.e. the woman referenced has her own ideas not only mirroring a male mentor or world)