“Even the things we do for fun – playing sports, joining a band, riding a horse, writing a story – you have made into a competition. You’ve taken our creativity and told us that it matters not because it fulfills us, but because we can sell it to a college and reap the returns on our “investment”…
In regards to recent post about women's body image and self-esteem: I totally agree with you, but I think there is a distinction here. I think your brother is right. As a man, I don't necessarily have a ruler out when I look at women seeing exactly how skinny or curvaceous they are. I think it's important to put blame where blame is due: corporate and social forces. (Most) men aren't the ones putting women up against this singular body image type, they're being duped too, but not like wmn
Did you read the comic? There aren’t any men in it.
I was talking to my brother about women’s attitudes towards their bodies, especially regarding weight/fat, and when he said “most guys don’t notice/care about that kind of thing,” I tried to explain why it was a lot more complicated than that. I ended up telling this story.
Body image is something that’s so hard to talk about, and it’s hard to express body positivity without sounding cheesy, false, or overly simplistic. But I’m gonna try. This is only my own experience, and it didn’t magically cure me of all my body image issues - but it was a major turning point for me nonetheless.
One of the most troubling things about the AIDS epidemic is that it could have been stopped so easily by rolling out life-saving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) early on. Not only do ARVs prevent HIV from developing into AIDS, they also reduce transmission rates and increase people’s willingness to get tested.
But Western pharmaceutical corporations have colluded in pricing these essential drugs way out of reach of the poor. When they were first introduced, patented ARVs cost up to $15,000 per yearly regimen. Generic producers were able to manufacture the same drugs for a mere fraction of the price, but the WTO outlawed this through the 1995 TRIPS agreement to protect Big Pharma’s monopoly.
It was not until 2003 that the WTO bowed to activist pressure and allowed southern Africa to import generics, but by then it was too late – HIV prevalence had already reached devastating proportions. In other words, much of the region’s AIDS burden can be directly attributed to the WTO’s rules and the corporations that defended them. And they are set to strike again: the WTO will cut patent exemptions for poor countries after 2016.
This dearth of basic drugs has gone hand in hand with the general collapse of public health institutions. Structural adjustment and WTO trade policies have forced states to cut spending on hospitals and staff in order to repay odious debts to the West. Swaziland, ground-zero in the world of AIDS, has been hit hard by these cuts. When I last visited I found that many once-bustling clinics are now empty and dilapidated. Neoliberalism has systematically destroyed the first line of defence against AIDS.
The point I want to drive home is that the policies that deny poor people access to life-saving drugs and destroy public healthcare come from the same institutions and interests that helped create the conditions for HIV transmission in the first place.
“In the instances when POC say shit like ‘Oh I can’t stand white folk’ or ‘Damn white people’, they aren’t saying ‘Oh I think they are inferior, I want to humiliate them, abuse them, enslave them and wipe out their people!’, they’re saying ‘Damn, after a couple hundred years of white people thinking I’m inferior, humiliating me, abusing me, enslaving me, and trying to wipe out my people, I don’t wanna deal with them.’ The context is completely different.”—
May I ask how you got to start writing for Bee and Puppycat? Working with Frederator/Cartoon Network/Cartoon Hangover is a dream for me and I was wondering if you give me some tips as to how to get there. If not, i totally understand, and I really look forward to Bee and Puppycat!
It’s been a crazy cool dream come true for me- I don’t know if what happened to me was the conventional way but here’s what happened!
for Cartoon Network: I was contacted by a showrunner after they saw some of my comics online, I had kept a regular update schedule of three times a week (I’ve cut back because of fun work stuff), and was given a storyboard test, which is a little packet with a story prompt and other activities- I did well enough to get to work on some episodes! Woohoo!
for Bee&Puppycat: I was contacted by Natasha because she had read my comics and said super nice things about them and asked if I wanted to write and I said YES!!!
So far every cool opportunity come out of making as many comics as I can and putting them online while trying to get better and learn new things.
Producing work and going to conventions and meeting people is a good way to network and get your name out there!