Who said feminists have no humor? While some have lamented the takeover of Bitstrips on their Facebook newsfeeds, I found myself literally laughing out loud to a series of Bitstrip comics with a feminist twist my friend was posting. I asked one of the co-creators, Everyday Feminism contributor and blogger at Womanisms Patricia Valoy, about #FeministBitStrips:
Patricia Valoy: It really was just my feminist mind spilling over everything I do. My fiance made me the avatar and created a few silly comics about our relationship. Then he asked that I try it too because it was so much fun, so I did…and not surprisingly I felt like they could all be edited to become lessons in feminism, so I did!
Patricia: I made one with a fellow Everyday Feminism blogger, Paige Lucas-Stannard, and she loved it so much she thought it needed the hashtag #FeministBitstrips.
She is the brains behind the hashtag, I am the brains behind the comics.
The first comic that made my feminist brain start flaring up was the one where an avatar wearing only a bra is at the water cooler and there’s a coworker looking disapprovingly. Immediately I thought “this is slut-shaming!” So I called it out, but in a hilarious way.
Patricia: I want them to be fun lessons. I think illustrations are a great way to show feminist thoughts without the seriousness in which these issues are often spoken of.
Wagatwe: So what’s your vision for #FeministBitstrips?
I’m hoping feminists create more and share it on our page. Perhaps one day they will all be in a book! (That’s me thinking way ahead.)
Wagatwe was once deemed an “exceptionally articulate African-American student” by an Obama administration member.