SAAM 2008

Today is April Fool’s Day. It’s also the first day of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Last year, I recognized this month with a series of semiweekly posts about sexual violence in comics and real life. I’m not going to drag myself back over that ground this year: it is tremendously difficult and draining, and I [...]

Sexual Assault (in comics) Awareness Month Coda: The Widowmaker, Revisited

This is the coda to a series about sexual assault and comics. You can find the previous posts here: Introduction Rape in the Gutters Writing Sexual Violence, Part 1 Writing Sexual Violence, Part 2 The Widowmaker Is It Too Much to Ask? Rape Is Rape Is Rape Same-Sex Assault The Morning After Back when I [...]

Sexual Assault (in comics) Awareness Month: The Morning After

This is the eighth and final installment of a series about sexual assault and comics. You can find the previous posts here: Introduction Rape in the Gutters Writing Sexual Violence, Part 1 Writing Sexual Violence, Part 2 The Widowmaker Is It Too Much to Ask? Rape Is Rape Is Rape Same-Sex Assault A bit over [...]

Sexual Assault (in comics) Awareness Month: Same-Sex Assault

This is the seventh installment of a series about sexual assault and comics. You can find the previous posts here: Introduction Rape in the Gutters Writing Sexual Violence, Part 1 Writing Sexual Violence, Part 2 The Widowmaker Is It Too Much to Ask? Rape Is Rape Is Rape April is done, but I’m not: there [...]

Sexual Assault (in comics) Awareness Month: Rape Is Rape Is Rape

This is the sixth installment of a series about sexual assault and comics. You can find the previous posts here: Introduction Rape in the Gutters Writing Sexual Violence, Part 1 Writing Sexual Violence, Part 2 The Widowmaker Is It Too Much to Ask? For the last few weeks, I’ve focused on the most common–and most [...]

Sexual Assault (in comics) Awareness Month: Is It Too Much to Ask?

This is the fifth installment of a series about sexual assault and comics. You can find the previous posts here: Introduction Rape in the Gutters Writing Sexual Violence, Part 1 Writing Sexual Violence, Part 2 The Widowmaker In case you haven’t noticed, this column is late. I’ve been thinking about rape, reading about rape, writing [...]

Sexual Assault (in comics) Awareness Month: The Widowmaker

This is the fourth installment of a series about sexual assault and comics. You can find the previous posts here: Introduction Rape in the Gutters Writing Sexual Violence, Part 1 Writing Sexual Violence, Part 2 In January of 2005, Dark Horse Comics released Conan #12. Subtitled “The Widowmaker,” the comic introduced a character who had [...]

Sexual Assault (in comics) Awareness Month: Writing Sexual Violence, Part 2

This is the third installment of a series about sexual assault and comics. You can find the previous posts here: Introduction Rape in the Gutters Writing Sexual Violence, Part 1 On Monday, I brought up some questions writers should consider if they plan to write a story involving sexual assault. Today, I’m going to give [...]

Sexual Assault (in comics) Awareness Month: Writing Sexual Violence, Part 1

This is the second installment of a series about sexual assault and comics. You can find the introduction here and the first installment here. I previously discussed some of the more common trends in the portrayal of sexual assault in comics and came to the conclusion that the most problematic instances stem from a combination [...]

Sexual Assault (in comics) Awareness Month: Rape in the Gutters

This is the first installment of a series on sexual assault and comics. If you haven’t yet read the introduction, you might want to check it out for a little context. Sexuality is not a black-and-white matter; neither, therefore, is consent. There are infinite shades of gray between consent as defined in the Antioch Policy [...]

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