Hi I really love your storyboards and I’m a high school student and I think I just dealt with some sexism from an art teacher and I was wondering how women in the industry deal with that kind of stuff. I mean I’ve taken classes at art colleges that dealt with comics and art but when I talked to him about making comics he acted as if I had no business making them It was more than just trying to teach me it felt like he had some kind of personal grudge I’m still gonna make comics but it felt weird
Uh oh! Looks like a sexism emergency! You can avoid trouble if you say these simple words:
Unfortunately, sexism IS a widespread problem in the comics and animation industry. One particularly troublesome part of that sexism is that it often isn’t obvious. You’re fairly unlikely to find a professional comics artist who will say, “I hate you because you’re a woman! Ladies are always inferior to men!” Institutional sexism is often hidden in coded language, subtle jabs, and unwelcoming attitudes that often leave the victim with a vague feeling of unpleasantness or “weirdness.” This can make the incident difficult to explain to others (especially dudes- sorry guys!).
If your teacher is being sexist, then you shouldn’t have to just sit there and put up with it. Now, I’m not terribly good at confronting authority figures directly, so I can’t give too much advice in that arena. What I generally find more helpful is to seek out others who have experienced similar situations (or are just generally good listeners) and have a good “sit-‘n’-bitch” session to vent your feelings and get validation for your experience. It’s not good to feel isolated in your emotions!
To clarify, though, I’m not advocating that whole mentality of: “If you don’t like your sexist work environment, don’t complain! Just leave!” Obviously, if every woman did that, then there would be, like, no women in comics and nothing would ever change. If this class is really special and you can learn things here that you couldn’t learn anywhere else, then I suggest you stick with it and challenge your teacher. But if not, there are a LOT of great teachers in the world, and a lot of good classes. If your current class is making you uncomfortable, look for other options- you don’t need to waste your emotional energy on some random jerk.