Kate Beaton is a Canadian comics artist and the creator of âHark! A Vagrant,â a hilarious history inspired comic strip. Some of her feminism-based comic strips include âStrong Female Characters 1 and 2,â which stars Georgia OâQueefe, Susan B. Assthony, and Queen Elizatits, 3 empowered superheroes who are âFighter Pilots. Feminists. Friends.â (As well as proud members of the Mile High Club!) Together, the 3 battle stereotypes, eat cookies, and argue for the appropriateness of their superhero outfits.
Beaton also pokes fun at the widespread fear of feminist âman-hatersâ and âbra-burnersâ in her comic strip âStraw Feministsâ whose title clearly references the âstraw manâ fallacy of misrepresenting an opponentâs argument in order to undermine it. In âStraw Feminists,â two children are terrorized in their rooms by the scary âfeminists in the closet,â monsters who come out at night to corrupt the children, telling them that âall men are garbage and women are never wrong.â The Straw Feminists burn their bras and *gasp* donât shave their legs!
âEquality is shit!â they say, âI wonât stop until women have it BETTER than men.â âWhen I become president, Iâm going to chop everyoneâs dick off!!â Fortunately, the children are saved when their parents run into the room and chase the snake-tongued, spider-legged feminists away with a broom. The children are safe for now. (Although in the next comic, Sarah and her mom encounter the feminists while shopping for a training bra: âYou donât want a training bra little girl. You want all the men in the world to be dead. Come with us to the moon where weâll blow up the earth.â)
Some of Beatonâs work is on display in Maryland at the Mansion at Strathmore in an exhibit called âA Shared Universe: The Art of Comic Booksâ until June 8th. Check it out soon!
A Shared Universe: The Art of Comic Books On view through June 8 at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, Md. 301-581-5109, www.strathmore.org/fineartexhibitions
You can also see her work on her website, âHark! A Vagrant,â at http://harkavagrant.com/index.php
Images courtesy of Kate Beaton at harkavagrant.com.
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