Some of you may have noticed that David Rees and I have been producing a comic for the New York Times Week in Review section called "See Something, Say Something" every other Sunday… but we're not in today's paper. That's because they objected to David's script this week and refused to consider printing it… the subject matter (male rage, online bullying & the hashtag #yesallwomen) was "too sensitive."
I disagree very strongly with that decision, because I feel David was making a point that deserves to be made. So I went ahead and completed the script as written; here it is, see for yourselves.
The hashtag #YesAllWomen has risen on Twitter in recent weeks, providing a platform for women to speak openly about the history of sexual and physical abuse in their lives at the hands of men and making the point that, yes, all women have these stories.
And naturally there have been many ugly responses from men that have simply reinforced the hashtag. Here are a few tweets from the comics community, to put that in context.
I went from wearing dresses to jeans while living in NYC because walking down my own street was full of "Hey baby, look at me." #YesAllWomen
— Jordie Bellaire (@whoajordie) May 26, 2014
I regularly receive rape and death threats. It has become so common they have their own folder in my email. #YesAllWomen
— Molly McIsaac (@MollyMcIsaac) May 26, 2014
What I was told my some of the women firefighters given a *real* chance by my Dad won't fit in #YesAllWomen 140, but made me cry.
— BGF Central (@BGFCentral) May 25, 2014
#YesAllWomen Because I was eleven years old the first time a grown man sexually harassed me in a public place, and no one did fuck all.
— Marguerite Bennett (@EvilMarguerite) May 25, 2014
Because even after 20 years working in comics, that fucking undertone of "why are you even here?" hasn't faded. #YesAllWomen
— Pia Guerra (@PiaGuerra) May 25, 2014
#YesAllWomen have had strange men demanding to fuck me since I was thirteen, shouting insults if I said no
— Molly Crabapple (@mollycrabapple) May 25, 2014
#yesallwomen because women have to think twice about expressing an opinion on the internet because of threats and harassment.
— DC Women Kicking Ass (@dcwomenkicknass) May 25, 2014
#YesAllWomen because I feel threatened even posting in that tag after some of the responses to other comments.
— Kate Brown (@autojoy) May 25, 2014
When I was 23, I smiled and said "Thank you" to an elderly man who told me I was beautiful. He then tried to grope me. #YesAllWomen
— Jennifer de Guzman (@Jennifer_deG) May 25, 2014
Just asked my wife how often she feared for her safety as a woman. Found out a guy once exposed himself to her on a subway. #YesAllWomen
— Face Of Future Past (@Notintheface1) June 1, 2014
And I would list some of the responses that the cartoon above is parodying but… no. Not today.