FAKE GEEK GUYS: A MESSAGE TO MEN ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT
By Andy Khouri
“I think this woman is wrong about something on the Internet. Clearly my best course of action is to threaten her with rape.”
That’s crazy talk, right? So why does it happen all the time?
Honest question, dudes.
That women are harassed online is not news. That women in comics and the broader fandom cultures are harassed online is not news. That these women are routinely transmitted anonymous messages describing graphic sexual violence perpetrated upon them for transgressions as grave as not liking a thing… that is actually news to me, and it’s probably news to a lot of you guys reading this.
So what do we do about it?
Not gonna lie; it’s been a really awful week in comics.
Hopefully something constructive, far-reaching and industry-changing comes out of this whole mess of sexism and misogyny, and dudes get called out on their bad behaviour & learn the #1 top level vital lesson, that rape threats are NEVER AN OPTION, GUYS!
Hopefully comic professionals finally understand that they cannot change the increasingly strong tread of women entering -and- staying in the field, in all and every aspects: writing, drawing, inking, editing, reporting, mentoring and in leadership roles. That all women in the comic industry have a say. All. Of. Them. That feminism doesn’t mean their POV becomes immediately invalid.
Also, please support gimpnelly in her comic industry harassment survey. Thanks.
Just watch it you won’t regret it. I promise.
VIDEOS LIKE THIS JUST LEAVE ME IN AWE
DEAR WORLD, THIS is how you made a fan video. You EDIT TO the music. Well done. These are my favorites too.
RIGHT IN THE FEELS…BUT THIS IS AMAZING
"Where’s your home?"
Sam and Dean turn towards each other…
Some stories stay with us forever