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Monday, November 1, 2010

That Woman Is Not Making Comics in Order to Be Sexually Attractive

Posted by Paul Constant on Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Some comments by cartoonist Kate Beaton and a cartoon by Gabby Schulz about the relationship between female cartoonists and their male fans has caused the requisite commenter shitstorm on the comics nerdblogs. Here's the opening of the comic:


But you should read the whole thing. And then you should wonder at the terror of the masculine comics boards unleashed upon a female cartoonist who dares to suggest that they might be sexist: For example, it only takes a few comments before someone breaks out the old "Can’t we go back to a time where everything didn’t have to be so PC?"-argument. The response to that one is pretty good:

And yes, I too wish we could all go back to a time when people of privilege could use pejorative words that applied to other people with less social power as freely as they liked without anyone raising an eyebrow. Truly, that was a golden era if you were white and straight and Christian and a guy, and totally awesome because you didn’t have to think about the implications of your slurs.

Eventually, they had to close down the comments thread because "we’re having to delete more comments than we are actually letting through." It's unfortunate that the argument centers around one 'compliment'—"I want to marry you and have your babies"—because there's a billion directions this conversation could go.

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