Hi everyone who live near DC/Maryland area- I’ll be at SPX aka Small Press Expo (basically a convention of bunch of cool independent and/or small press comics) on both days this weekend- Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th. I won’t be tabling but I’ll be wandering around, mostly hanging out at the Center for Cartoon Studies table. Come find me if you wanna buy a copy of my comics ‘Maria’ or ‘The Case of Victor Gray’ :D
This is a series of 3 drawings inspired by #YesAllWomen on twitter, where many women bravely spoke up about their experience with sexism. When I presented as a woman ((to those who don’t know, I am a female to male transgender)), the amount of sexism my female friends and I’ve experienced is horrifying. But that’s not as horrifying as the fact that many sexism actions were internalized and used casually pretty much daily- now that’s a nightmare.
First one is a defense class that was taught to my female classmates and me when we were little. Looking back, how messed up is that? How messed up is it that grown ups had to teach little girls how to fight off grown up men? And even more, how messed up is it that they didn’t bother to teach boys how to not be sexist?
Second one is a huge pain in ass issue facing HS girls: dress code. Still to this day, I see teenage girls constantly fighting back against the sexist school dress code. I remember being taken out of my class just to get yelled by principal. How messed up is that they’re taking away women’s education just to yell at her about clothes; yet in PE classes men go topless? Then we got teased by male classmates for ‘getting into trouble.’ To all of middle and HS school girls- keep on fighting. You all are brave for fighting back- I know it’s not easy to face the possibility of detention just because you wanted to have a basic human decency.
Third one is about a woman going in a parking garage and having to worry about someone attacking her. It’s bad enough that the parking garage is already a creepy place- not helping that women were constantly told to watch out, to double check back seats before driving off, et cetera. I was also taken aback that many guys don’t realize the anxieties that women experience and the precaution procedures women had to do for their own safety.
There are countless more sexism I’ve experienced, such as being whistled at by construction workers when I was 13 years old, facing constant sexist jokes such as kitchen jokes or driving jokes or math jokes, being constantly criticized for being prude, too easy, bitch, bossy, being super pressurized by “nice guys” who think they’re entitled to date me after doing couple of nice (aka basic human decency) things for me.
Men, please look carefully, listen, and unpack your privileges. Then maybe you will realize AND understand the horrors of sexism.