24 Nov 2017

Everyday sexism: now available as a comic book

French illustrator Emma has recently become an internet sensation thanks to her comics about everyday sexism. Women all over the world share her drawings saying they are a perfect depiction of reality.

Pauline Tillmann
Pauline Tillmann Deine Korrespondentin, Germany
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French illustrator Emma has recently become an internet sensation thanks to her comics about everyday sexism. Women all over the world share her drawings saying they are a perfect depiction of reality.

They turned out to be outstandingly popular in Germany, where a nationwide debate about sexism carried on for weeks after the MeToo hashtag took social media  by storm.

Talk show hosts, journalists, and social media users all praise her approach to tackling a problem that appears to be more widespread than what was previously understood.

So what is it in Emma's comics that makes German women react so strongly?

Under the title "Un autre regard" ("Another Viewpoint"), the illustrator publishes short stories detailing how women are often relegated to the sidelines in public life, or burdened with unfair expectations in private. Like any woman who successfully expresses the challenges and realities of modern womanhood, Emma is certainly worth following

Details from the story:

  • Emma, a French illustrator, denounces the unfair distribution of housework in her drawings. Even if the man contributes to household work, it's women who distribute the tasks and plans the daily routine – they are project managers of the "Household Project"
  • She describes this phenomenon as "charge mentale" or "mental burden," the responsibility of always having to think of everything
  • For the first time many French women have been given a term for the permanent feelings of stress that accompany their everyday lives
  • The comic narrator advises women to leave things behind and not feel guilty about it, and suggests introducing a longer parental leave for fathers, so that men learn to feel more responsible for the work in the household.
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