Egyptian comics character Qahera, a new Muslim superhero who fights street harassment and sexual violence.
At the beginning of September, around the time news broke of Ciudad Juárez's Diana, "Huntress of Bus Drivers," my dad informed me that a female family member of ours living near Mexico City was assaulted while waiting for the bus she took home each evening. So, after reading reports about Diana the Huntress from Mexican news sources like El Diario, I came to embrace the myth-worthy, middle-aged, black-clad vigilante with a shock of blonde hair who was quickly attainting superhero status for killing two bus drivers she alleged were rapists.
DC, you know I love your characters. I'm willing to put up with a lot in exchange for stories about the Batfamily and Wonder Woman. But you're getting beyond the realm of acceptability. In case you haven't been keeping track of the stupid things DC has done recently—there's a whole blog for that!—here's a rundown.
If your sexual education was anything like mine, every few years you and your peers were rallied into crowded classrooms, separated by gender, and were schooled on the happenings of your body. By the time you were in high school, you may have been fortunate enough to receive some vague and heteronormative information about STIs and how abstinence is the best (and only) form of birth control. Problematic? Yeah.
Saiya Miller and Liza Bley thought so, too, and compiled a collection of comics over the course of five years to educate others on sexuality in a far more inclusive and honest manner. The comics and stories are frank and real, free of the sugar coating that pervades the typical two-day sexual education courses rampant in U.S. public schools.
This post originally appeared on the Bitch blogs in March of 2010, but we're reposting it because August 1st is Jackie Ormes' birthday. In honor of her birthday, our Jackie Ormes coffee mugs are 25% off! Order yours today.
Jackie Ormes wasn't just the first black syndicated newspaper cartoonist. She was the only black female cartoonist of her time and for decades after that.
What gender do you consider yourself to be? How do you feel about terms and labels? How do you feel about your body in relation to your gender identity?
These are some of the questions Rhea Ewing has been asking people all over the Midwest as part of FINE, a series of interviews about gender Rhea puts together in graphic novel format. The initial project was a zine that can be read online. Now FINE is becoming a structurally ambitious, full-length book. The curious can follow its progress on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook.
As the interviewing stage nears completion, I got to turn the tables and ask Rhea some questions of my own.
Why do images have such power? In this episode, comics collective Ladydrawers, Australian felt-tip-marker artist TextaQueen, and colorism researcher Jyoti Gupta all delve into the big issues of how visual media shapes how we see ourselves. Plus, two Bitch staffers talk with Equity Foundation Executive Director Karol Collymore about images that shaped us growing up, from fashion magazines to drawings of Ramona Quimby.
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Each week, Oh Joy Sex Toy features an illustrated sex toy review. But this week is different! We're featuring a special guest comic that's about another aspect of sex—artist Lucy Knisley dishes on the pros and cons of her birth control method.