|Lemuel Pitkin (s0mnambulance) wrote in scans_daily,|
I'm a man and took a couple of feminist literature courses in college. During that time, I met a variety of women who were very serious about gender equality and opposing the patriarchy. Some of these people were rational and understood that sexism can be a two-way street (Kristeva's work on feminism endorses this view somewhat). Others turned EVERYTHING into arguments about the patriarchy, called anyone who watched a movie with a nude scene a misogynist, and basically earned eye-rolls from everyone else in the classroom--even their peers.
When I see a defense for this webcomic not being sexist, I'm reminded of the latter category. Again, I enjoyed reading this and believe that the scenario is representative of what women actually experience publishing their art/writing etc. to the Web--but I also believe that it was a bit heavy-handed and, yes, sexist in its generalizations.
When I read old crime novels, I recognize that women are portrayed negatively, and that such portrayals are degrading to women. I recognize this, lament it, and enjoy the book anyway. Same with this webcomic. Fun read, but yeah, it's sexist.