What Janelle Asselin Wrote, And Why It Bothered Me

VANAPHASE™ the Vanadium powerhouse!

I actually fully support Janelle Asselin. So, I apologize for the clickbait title, but I wanted to make sure you read this. This is important to me, and should be to you as well.

Earlier today Twitter exploded with unpleasantness after Janelle Asselin posted this piece, Let’s talk about how some men talk to women in comics, on her Tumblr account. The piece bothered me, not because of what it said, but because it needed to be said at all in 2014. This is not the first time that a female in the comic industry has posted or tweeted about sexual harassment, and unfortunately, if the reactions to it are an indicator, it won’t be the last.

Her piece was a response to some of the reactions she saw in reference to an earlier piece she had written for Comic Book Resources. That piece, Anatomy of a Bad Cover: DC’s New “Teen Titans” #1, was a critique of the cover mentioned in the title, and a major part of her criticism was of the fact that teenage superheroine Wonder Girl was drawn with insanely, impossibly huge breasts. The sexualization of a teenage girl irked her, and many others I’m sure. Yes, this happens all the time in comics, women are drawn as sexy as possible, in skimpy outfits and anatomically improbable poses, and it has caused controversy before, but this piece, and the negative reactions to it, inspired me to write.

Since the CBR piece went up on Friday, Janelle has received plenty of support, from fans and pros alike, but she has also received rape threats. RAPE. THREATS. Many people disagreed with her, including a notable comic professional, which is fine, we don’t all have to agree with each other about every little thing, but disagreeing is a far cry from threatening to rape someone.

So please, internet, tell me again how sexism doesn’t exist in comics. I have seen many people attempt to deny its existence, but I have seen it first hand, at conventions, comic shops, and other places where fans assemble. And it needs to stop. I know there may be times where the harassment is unintentional, the failings of an awkward fanboy, but 99 percent of the time it is not only intentional, but institutional.

Janelle wrote, “There are too many people, including professionals, who think it’s okay to condescend, harass, berate, etc. women in comics simply because they’ve espoused a belief that revolves around women being treated more as equals. I want women and girls to be seen as an equally promising demographic for comics as males; I want major companies with an easy opportunity to reach out to women to not feature art that is disgusting and objectifying; I want women to be hired as much as men to create comics; I want to not know so many people who have been violated in an industry I still love despite it all.”

I love this industry too, and I want those things as well. And I write this because, as a man, I’m partially at fault. Every time I don’t speak up and call out other men for their awful behavior, I’m being just as bad as them. The only way this sexism and harassment has any chance of going the way of the Comics Code is if we bring it out into the open. It’s scary to speak up against your fellow men, and the backlash can be severe, but it needs to start happening. Rape threats are not okay. Ever. Photographing cosplayers asses without their consent or attempting to grope them on the convention floor is not okay. Ever. Demanding sexual favors in return for a job is not okay. Ever. There is no such thing as a fake geek girl, so drop it.

It is time that we put a stop to this behavior. It is time we stop sitting idly by, watching it happen. It is time that every fan, male or female, can enjoy their fandom without worrying. It’s time that women like Janelle Asselin stop being harassed for talking about harassment. It is most definitely time for Janelle and others like her to not have to write pieces like this. Even our very own Lady Victoria Irwin wrote a piece on her own harassment as a cosplayer. This has to stop.

It won’t happen over night, but we can stop harassment when we see it, and eventually stop it entirely. I stand with Janelle, Victoria, and the countless other women who have dealt first hand with harassment in this industry, and others, and I say no more. Please stand with me. Let’s make our industry fun, and safe, for everyone’s enjoyment.

YogaOutlet.com

Leave a Reply

Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
digimon tri cast
Digimon Tri Cast Interview at Shout! Factory

Digimon Tri is the sequel to the second season of Digimon...

ronnie coleman
Become a King with a Free Gym Pass – Ronnie Coleman: The King Review

A long, long time ago before IG fitness models were a thing,...

netflix anime
New Anime Series for Netflix Starting this Fall

Netflix announced two new anime series during the Netflix Anime panel at...

Event News Event Reviews
Blizzard SDCC 2018
Blizzard SDCC 2018 – Blizzard Entertainment Brings Massive Lineup to SDCC

Blizzard in SDCC 2018 – Blizzard Entertainment brings Overwatch, StarCraft, and...

Nuclear Blast SDCC 2018
Nuclear Blast SDCC 2018 – Nuclear Blast Teams Up with JSR and Stern Pinball

Nuclear Blast SDCC 2018 – Nuclear Blast Teams Up with JSR...

Anime expo 2018
Anime Expo 2018 Brings the Heat to Los Angeles

Last year, I picked on Anime Expo not being worth the...

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
klab
Exclusive Interview with Mark Mowbray of KLab

Established in 2000, KLab‘s goal is to create a world of excitement...

Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene
Mondo Games Unleashes Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene Board Game

MONDO GAMES unleashes Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene board game for 25th Anniversary...

Great Coffee Break
Escape Work By Playing The Great Coffee Break

You can escape work, in more ways than one, by playing The...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic Novel
Dark Horse Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic Novel Revealed

Dark Horse reveals new original Disney Ralph Breaks the Internet Graphic...

black torch
Black Torch – New Supernatural, Action Manga from Viz Media

VIZ Media releases a new, supernatural story with the release of...

Batman / The Maxx: Arkham Dreams
Sam Kieth Makes Long-Awaited Return to The Outback in Batman / The Maxx: Arkham Dreams

SAN DIEGO, CA and BURBANK, CA (June 21, 2018) – Batman...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
anime pls
Anime Pls by Bioworld – Exclusive Interview

Bioworld Merchandising is a pop culture product expert. The company is considered...

heaven's feel
Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] THE MOVIE I. presage flower Blu-ray Release

TLDR Aniplex of America announced that box office hit, Fate/stay night ...

EVEN H2
Few Even Come Close – EVEN H2 Headphones Review

Even headphones are like having prescription glasses, but for your ears...

Arena Football Automotives MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
NJPW G1 Special from San Francisco Results

New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) the King of Sports returns to...

Jeanie Buss & MGM TV Tags AXS TV to Broadcast WOW-Women of Wrestling Events

Jeanie Buss and MGM Television Tags AXS TV to Broadcast WOW-Women...

Kevin Belington Faces Martin Nguyen for the ONE FC Interim Bantamweight Title

From ONE FC – 07 June 2018 – Manila, Philippines: The...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Harlan Ellison: A tribute (of sorts)

For the longest time in my life I was afraid of...

Iron Fist Racist
Is Marvel Iron Fist Racist? Part 2- Yeah…

After the casting controversy, two shows, and a guest appearance in Marvel...

Cultural Junkdrawer – Season’s end: The Flash season 4

CULTURAL JUNKDRAWER   SEASON’S END     THE FLASH Season 4...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Gaming Uncensored: Year in Review 2016

A look back at the year in gaming. Related

Gaming Uncensored Roundtable: December 2016

December’s roundtable discusses story in games with Chad, Josh, and Spencer....

Gaming Uncensored: Podcast #349

Jamie reflects on some of his time with the HTC Vive....

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Crisis on Earth-X Soundtrack
Blake Neely Behind-the-Scenes Recording of Crisis on Earth-X Soundtrack

Check out this exclusive Behind-The-Scenes video with Blake Neely as he...

Rising Country Music Artist Kaylin Roberson Talks About her work with St. Jude

Kaylin Roberson is a singer, songwriter and pianist from Raleigh, North...

MTV Unveils Performers for ‘TRL Live’ on October 3rd at 3 p.m. E.T.

NEW YORK, NY (September 26, 2017) – MTV today announced that...

%d bloggers like this: