As the chorus of women speaking out about sexual harassment in comics grows louder and louder, one of the most frequent – and heartening – responses I’ve heard from men is that they’re concerned about this issue and want to do more, but don’t know exactly where to start.
Rachel Edidin and I are working on a collection of tips and resources for men who want to step up – both in comics and in the broader world. It’s important to remember that harassment isn’t a single, monolithic situation; it can take many forms, depending on who’s being harassed, who’s doing the harassing, where they are, and what their relationship is. And since there’s no one-size-fits-all situation, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, either. In order to address the problem, you don’t need a single tool; you need an entire toolkit of potential responses. That’s why we’d like to hear from you as well about what works — and what’s missing.
Women: What sort of things would you like to see the men around you do to help address harassment? What sorts of support and intervention and have been the most successful, and in what sorts of situations? What would you like men to avoid doing – both in general and as allies?
Men: What has been useful and successful for you in terms of addressing harassment and the sexism in comics culture with other men, in terms of intervention, commentary, support, and external conversation and action? What have you found most effective when dealing with harassers who are both strangers and acquaintances?
Feel free to send me your responses here as “questions” on Tumblr – if you’d prefer not to have your comments credited to you just let me know, and anonymous responses are welcome as well. (You can reach out on Twitter too.) Thanks again for wanting to help make comics a more welcoming community for everyone.
Laura and I are crowdsourcing resources for allies and bystanders. Lend us a hand?