I was poking around a few agent websites the other day looking for people to send my Query out to when I ran across an agency which specifically mentioned in their submissions guidelines that they were not interested in any piece that didn't pass the Bechdel test and/or Mako Mori test. In my neverending quest for knowledge, I googled the terms & found a Wikipedia page about the subject. I think I failed the test. Official Wiki definition: The Bechdel test (/ˈbɛkdəl/ bek-dəl) asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added. Mako Mori Test a) at least one female character; b) who gets her own narrative arc; c) that is not about supporting a man’s story. While my WIP contains several women, they all have male counterparts for their story arc, and they are blatantly not the focus of the story. I wouldn't describe any of them as "weak" or "needing a man" and they do discuss plenty of things that have nothing to do with sex/romance/etc. I try to be PC in my writing but I hate to think publishers are going too far the other way. Are we no longer allowed to write a story with a damsel in distress? I wander off topic... Anyway, I'm sure most of you will say "fuck them" write what you want, but I'm wondering if I'm hurting my chances of getting published. Any random thoughts on the subject?