Drawing Power: Comics Promote Catharsis and Empathy for Survivors of Sexual Violence | Link TV
Drawing Power: Comics Promote Catharsis and Empathy for Survivors of Sexual Violence
Comics, or the “funnies” as my family calls them, are generally created to make us laugh. However, comic arts are also a form of catharsis, resistance, rebellion and awareness.
In the era of the #metoo movement, “Drawing Power: A Comics Anthology” is a collection of memoirs on themes of sexual violence, the male gaze and harassment, by over 60 female-identified cartoonists from around the world. For many survivors of abuse, sharing their story can be associated with feelings of shame and guilt that make them wonder if they could have done something differently or makes question if they did something to deserve what happened. The goal of the book is to destigmatize sexual abuse, create empathy and promote healing for the cartoonists and readers alike.
While these stories can leave readers feeling uncomfortable, as the introduction by author and sexual assault survivor Roxanne Gay states, “There are no easy stories to be found here. The comics in these pages will make you think, make you feel, make you laugh, make you rage.”
Some of the contributors will appear at a reading in Los Angeles, Oct. 2.
Below are some excerpts from "Drawing Power:"
"Destroy Every Thing You Touch" by Rachel Ang
"A Sampler of Misdeeds" by Carol Lay
"'Blackie' From the Deuce" by J. Gonzalez-Blitz
Mayerlin Vergara won the United Nations' Nansen Refugee award on Thursday for rescuing hundreds of girls and boys who have been forced into sex work.
Today, a cadre of local activists and artists in Watts are using storytelling and human relationships to promote change, justice, equality and communal values.
In such a controversial campaign as Proposition 187, art and politics inenvitably mix. During the 1990s a number of politicians (established and aspiring) helped shape the campaign, as artists on the ground informed the public and inspired them to act.
From performing with an ensemble to working at the Smithsonian to mentoring Watts youth (including a young Nipsey Hussle), WTAC's advocate has done it all and keeps fighting for her adopted neighborhood.
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