If it looks like a duck…

When he dressed up as a duck for a job in high school, Barry Deutsch was seen as female by the public and as gay by his coworkers.  Things got dangerous.  He tells an insightful story about personal vulnerability and the fragility of the gender system in If It Looks Like a Duck on The... Continue Reading →

College students take on sexual assault

The assignment: Design a project that address issues surrounding sexual assault. The designers: Students Jane Kim, Shayna Lauer, and Helén Marton The course: Design for Public Awareness, Professor Jan Hadlaw in her course at York University, Toronto Another comic from the course that I'd like to see is “The Monsters I See,” a 16-page graphic novella by Esther... Continue Reading →

Sex and Consent, Bro to Bro

In No 'I' in Sex, artist Toby Morris wishes he'd had better advice about sex and dating when he was a kid. Treating sex like a sport or a conquest is harmful to all involved, he says.  He offers his own advice to the youth of today.  Speaking bro-to-bro, Morris' message is clear and respectful.

Peter Parker, too?

In 1984, future Spider-Man Peter Parker's story of sexual abuse was told in a free PSA comic produced by Marvel Comics in cooperation with the National Committee on the Prevention of Child Abuse.  Jared at blogintomysetery.com writes a heartfelt review of the comic that he read as a kid, and now revisits as an adult. Jared also has... Continue Reading →

The strength to confront it

"How do you admit you’re a man who was sexually assaulted?"  editorial comics artist Chris Kindred asks in his short comic My Black Skin Is Not An Invitation on Matter. This beautiful piece uses the comics form flawlessly, walking the reader through the morning after the assault, his friends' reactions, and his own framing and reframing of the experience.  Kindred... Continue Reading →

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