“It is wholly and rightfully and crucially up to men in this society and especially in this subculture to speak out and watch out. To end the cycle of bullying, harassment and violence.”Andy Khouri over at the Comics Alliance has written an account (read it) from his perspective of an infection amongst the comics industry, which is a particularly virulent strain of a societal-wide issue. There are many informative hyperlinks within the article that reinforce the point.
“It’s important to note that the vast majority of men in comics – pro and fan – aren’t predatory. The problem is that the small number who are predatory get insulated from the consequences of their actions by the passive behavior of other men (and sometimes women): those who dismiss or minimize the behavior, decline to support the person who has been attacked – or worse, attack her instead. These men don’t directly harm women; they just create the culture that allows it to happen.” - Laura HudsonThe distressingly large overlap between male privilege + rape culture and fandom (ie geek culture) is like an ink-blot on the entire community. To our credit, it’s one that is being increasingly pointed out, publicized and self-policed within our own ranks. As long as folks keep stepping up to take responsibility there’s a good chance we can all help to make comics – the books, stores, websites, characters, stories and studios – supportive, inclusive, respectful and safe for everyone, creators and consumers. I love cartooning way too much, on both sides of the desk, to see it soiled by the actions of a disproportionally
“And that’s the thing I feel like a lot of these internet assholes miss. I’m not saying men are the worst thing ever or even that men in comics are the worst thing ever. I’m so lucky to have a lot of amazing people in my life, male, female, and non-binary, who constantly support me. There are men in comics who understand how not to be a condescending asshole. But right now, the problem is that too many other men think that they are in a crowd of like-minded men who are super sick of this feminazi bullshit. The truth is that you are on the losing side. Women in comics aren’t going away. Even if you continue to talk to us like this. Your threats and insults do nothing more than make me want to stick around and shout even louder. So thank you for that.” - Janelle Asselin