Our supreme court. today was such an embarrassment as we now have a s****l assaulter as supreme court judge. a reminder to vote in november... to all those who didn’t vote in 2016, your “protest” vote helped make this our reality. #ashamed#kavanope •
cartoon by barry blitt #tnycartoon@newyorkercartoons
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content warning: discussion of rape, s****l violence, and disbelief.
when i post drawings and writing here, it’s likely that i’m largely preaching to the choir. i’m pretty happy with that. my drawings were always unlikely to convert anyone but if they can give anyone the sense of being seen, heard, and validated, then i’ve done something worthwhile. but in the case of this caption, i’d really love to talk directly to men who get defensive when women say, “believe women.”
if, god forbid, you were stabbed, you might at some later stage mention this to a friend. “i was stabbed,” you might say. i think you would be shocked, insulted, and justifiably so, if your friend responded, “were you *really* stabbed though? was it a *proper* stabbing?” however, victims of s****l violence face an analogous response again, and again, and again. this is why it’s necessary to explicitly proclaim, “believe women. believe survivors.” precisely because our society currently does the opposite. in a cultural context that makes disbelief the default, choosing instead to actively believe survivors of s****l violence is revolutionary, but also, essential. (sexual violence is by no means the only domain in which women are, by default, disbelieved. but it seems to be a central plank of the structure that frames women’s accounts of their own experiences as less trustworthy).
[image description: after a content warning for discussion of rape, s****l violence, and disbelief, there is a 3-panel comic. each panel is roughly the same; there are two dragonflies talking and between them, there is a plant. in the first panel there is head of wheat. one dragonfly says, “this is wheat.” the other responds, “this is wheat.” in the second panel there is a sunflower. the first dragonfly says, “this is a sunflower.” the second responds, “this is a sunflower.” in the final panel, there is a rapeseed flower. the first dragonfly says, “this is rapeseed.” the second responds, “i don’t believe you.”]