Strip Talk #20: When obnoxious behavior leaks into comic books

Lyndsey-101612-cutoutI’ve read quite a bit in the past sev­eral months about this ridicu­lous­ness where women in comics and games are harassed by men in the same indus­try, and I have but one word to that effect: Stop. No one deserves harass­ment of any kind, let alone by col­leagues in an indus­try that is still try­ing to evolve beyond the cave­man antics that engi­neered its very existence.

Yes, I get it that men were the fore­bear­ers of this great thing called comic books. There’s plenty of con­grat­u­la­tions to go around for the cre­ation of our favorite super­heroes by the other side of the pop­u­la­tion that has XY chro­mo­somes. But can we stop for a sec­ond? Just a sec­ond to firmly put this out there: No one likes a man that has obvi­ous inse­cu­ri­ties. No woman is going to want to deal with you on a pro­fes­sional level, let alone a per­sonal level, after she dis­cov­ers that every time you open your mouth to speak, insane things that come off as ver­bal throw-her-over-your-shoulders-and-carry-her-off-sneak-attacks bom­bard her face and senses.

And, look, there goes that word again: Sense. Why would any woman find attrac­tive a thought­less indi­vid­ual who spews stu­pid­ity forth? That’s like ask­ing me to bed and you’re simul­ta­ne­ously spew­ing gas from both ends. It lacks sense.

And much like those who would do things like expel gas as they’re propo­si­tion­ing me, please take a dose of much needed med­i­cine, sit down and SHUT. THE. HELL. UP. As a woman who is inter­ested in comics, knows more about the his­tory of the X-Men and Mar­vel than most nor­mal aver­age Joes on the planet, and one who is involved in the gam­ing indus­try, I can speak with impunity when I say that not only does your piti­ful attempt at impress­ing me fail, but also I will never think pos­i­tively of you in any way, shape or form ever again if you get in my face with non­sense in the form of a joke meant to embar­rass me and my gender.

You see, my side of the pop­u­la­tion already has a built-in bias that rears its ugly head in every thing that we do. We can’t just be smart. No, we have to be smart and pretty. Sexy yet keep mod­esty up to code. Accom­plish all of those things while work­ing at a job that pays inher­ently sig­nif­i­cantly less for the same amount of and type of work. Go home and deal with an emas­cu­lated indi­vid­ual who hasn’t gone out and done his fair share of the work but wants to com­plain about us mak­ing all of the deci­sions. And, after all that is said and done, sit down to read or watch some­thing that’s going to tell its decision-makers that it “isn’t for the women. They won’t get this any­way. Women don’t get it.”

So, for­give me if I have just a lit­tle bit of out­rage when I hear of male indus­try lumi­nar­ies out­right harass­ing and mak­ing jack­asses of them­selves in an attempt to keep inter­est going in their work. You’ve cre­ated the glass ceil­ing. How about you let the other side see how you live for a change? In peace.

Lyn­d­sey Hicks is editor-in-chief of Gam­ing Insur­rec­tion. She can be reached by email at gicomics@gaminginsurrection.com

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