Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Aziz Ansari. John Legend.
These are a few of many male celebrities who have recently come out as feminists. Emma Watson’s high-profile #HeForShe campaign and the White House’s launch of #ItsOnUs against sexual violence have encouraged many more men to think critically about feminism. More importantly, about why it’s necessary to affirm and practice gender equality, given the many ways institutional sexism and the patriarchy have created environments where conventionally white, masculine, cisgender men have power and privilege.
For men who wish to truly engage in the struggle for gender equality, here are some ways they can help help while remaining cognizant of how their identities may limit their understanding of women’s struggles.
*walks swiftly down the runway clutching my keys between my fingers while trying to glance behind me without letting on that I’m looking and wishing I’d worn shoes I could run in*
You’d think working for a small local business would mean your boss is less likely to be flexible and let you go have adventures because they’d need you to stick around and work as much as you can, but I’ve found that it usually means you have a closer relationship with your boss. There aren’t 20 levels of bureaucracy to deal with. You know your boss and they know you. My boss in particular is a really cool woman, who reminds me in many ways of Leslie Knope. She likes me and wants me to follow my dreams and knows I would be restless staying here all the time. I’m really really good at selling cheese, and she’d rather have me for whatever time she can than let me go. I give her my tour schedule and I get scheduled for days that I’m not on tour.
Or maybe it’s a cheesemonger thing. Our sax player is also a cheesemonger and they let him come play with us all the time. Cheese makes you real happy so bosses are just like “You go have fun, kids.”
New World is a black-and-white sci-fi/fantasy comic anthology with the theme of exploration, colonization, conquest, assimilation, “going native,” appropriation, imperialism, strained relations… essentially, what happens when mutually un-contacted cultures, continents, and species collide.
The deadline for submissions is November 20th. Head on over to the official page to see how to submit, and I can’t wait to see what you’ve got.
Quick! Someone write something for me to draw!
Jackie’s first photoshoot. It’s always a good idea to bring a friend with you the first time you work with a photographer you’ve never met before. I’ve heard so many horror stories.
I’m an atheist.
No … no no, please come back. Stay with me to the end. I have a point here, I promise.
Being an atheist wasn’t exactly a choice I made; it was more like a realization I came to, eventually. I realized I didn’t believe, and despite exploration and thought on the matter, couldn’t believe. So I accepted it as part of who I am. I understood it wasn’t a majority view, and while it could make me sad and angry (and sometimes still does), I accept I live in a world with creeds other than my own. I try to find my place in all that.
Unfortunately, there are so very, very, very, VERY many asshole atheist online. So many. Turtles all the way down, you might say. They engage in bad behavior. They pick fights. They’ve contributed to the death of the trilby and the vilification of the fedora. They insult people of faith, women, other ethnicities, you name it. They’re about a goosestep away from proclaiming themselves the master race, and it drives me nuts.
They don’t represent me or my beliefs, but they claim membership in my “tribe,” as it were. They make me look bad. I have to apologize a lot. Any step toward acceptance atheists have in society gets pushed backward every time they open their mouths. And there’s not a damned thing I can do about it, except own up to it, be embarrassed, and try to be a better example.
I don’t deny that they’re atheists. I don’t tell people that’s not how “real” atheists would behave, because every group has huge chunks that make them all look like mouth-breathing savages. I don’t try to disassociate myself to make myself feel better, because that would be denying that yes … this is a problem in my sub-sect of humanity. This is my house, and like it or not, the kids have covered the walls with poop. Calling it “wallpaper” doesn’t make it stink any less.
So … I have to own it. I’m very, truly sorry for the bad behavior. I would like to express there’s more to atheists than what you’ve been lead to believe, but I truly understand if your experiences with us have left you with a bad opinion that you can’t shake. All I can do is be responsible for myself, and try to be better. I’m sorry that’s the limit of my ability, and I sincerely hope it helps.
Now, here’s my point: when your group has bad actors, own it. Don’t deny it, don’t try to sub-group the sub-group. The People’s Judean Front is still the People’s Front of Judea, kids. Don’t defend them. Don’t ignore them. Don’t pretend like they don’t exist, or deflect the criticism, because I’ll tell you: no matter how righteous the cause or truly wronged the party, you have assholes. Worse, you have assholes that have every right to your label, who speak from that label, and use that label to justify some horrific bullshit.
This is not pointed at one of you. This is pointed at aaaaallll of you. If you keep pretending that asshole in your clan isn’t REALLY in your clan, not only are you excusing their actions but you’re hurting your cause just as much. You’re permitting it, because at the end of the day it’s embarrassing, and frustrating, and the best solution to make yourself feel better is to create a new category that is perfect, pure, and asshole-free.
My friend, there ain’t no such thing.
Step up. Beyond acknowledging the bad behavior, acknowledge it’s happening in your house. When someone shits on your rug, you don’t pretend like it never happened. You clean it up.
We each, ALL OF US, have housecleaning to do. The next time you see someone in your group being an asshole, speak up. You might get called a traitor in so many words. I have. But I’d rather speak and make clear what I’m about than pretend like it’s okay.
It ain’t okay.
The words “crypto-currency” sound like something I don’t ever want to do.
I am a simple girl, with simple needs, and one of those needs is money that I understand.
Filthy Figments has open submissions for a whole month. We are looking for a few part and/or full time female artists to join our crew!
WHAT WE WANT:
We are looking for short stories from applicants with the potential to do more stories or a long-form story if their comic does well enough. If you are chosen to be a continuing artist, a schedule will be worked out for submitting new content depending on availability and other factors. Artists are paid a flat page rate.
Filthy Figments is a site that showcases the various ways that women create and enjoy porn. That said, artists wishing to submit should identify as female AND must be over eighteen years old.
Inclusive content is encouraged! Queer love and sex, bodies of all shapes, sizes, genders, and capabilities, and kinks of all kinds are welcome. You may submit more than one proposal, but please consider QUALITY over quantity. Show us your very best work! No one wants to read about boring sex. Give us an engaging story with sexual tension and payoff.
WHAT WE DON’T WANT:
We are only looking for comic submissions at this time, and not prose or pinups. We are not looking for incomplete teams at the moment, so if you are an artist or writer in need of a partner, please find them before submitting.
NO: Gag comics, gore, blood, fanfics (only original stories, please), necrophilia, underage characters, anything illegal, anything involving bodily waste, non-consensual situations, vampires or other monsters, or furries (please keep it at “catgirl”-level or below).
PROPOSAL SHOULD INCLUDE:
+ Title (or working title)
+ Estimated page count (between 18-25 pages in length)
+ A beginning, middle, and end to the story, clearly summarized.
+ 2-3 character sketches to give us an idea of the designs you had in mind for the story
+ Please also include other examples of your sequential work. Completed stories would be preferred for this, but not necessary. Just make sure you have comic pages and not just pinups. ALSO, it is highly recommended to include nudity in some way, so we can observe your anatomy skills.
*If selected your comic should be in 6x9 format in 300dpi. Comics should only read Left to Right. Color comics are preferred, but B&W works are still accepted. Cover art is required to be in color.
*Artist will grant Filthy Figments five-years exclusive digital publishing rights to the work and non-exclusive rights thereafter. Artists will keep full copyright over their work. This means no submitting the same comic to other websites, and we get first shot at PDFs and eBooks.
Please include a your submission package as a link or attachment, and optionally a link to your resume or portfolio, to: email@example.com.
Submission deadline is November 15th.
Now’s your chance to work for Filthy Figments! We rarely open up submissions, so jump on this!