An Open Letter to Aaron Diaz
August 25, 2014 5:43 PM Subscribe
You’re allowed to make art with male gaze. But please call a spade a spade.
"I don’t think I’ve seen a single page of Dresden Codak that doesn’t feature a woman posed in a male-gazey way, with loving focus on her ass or cleavage, or wearing a sexual costume, or in some situation that puts her in a compromising position (like the most recent page in which Kimiko’s clothing is burned off of her body, which has happened at least twice in the series’ run.) I have a very hard time believing that these details are accidental."
Webcartoonist Mary Cagle recently posted a short satire
of a common kind of disingenuous male feminism and "empowered" female characters rampant in the comics community. Aaron Diaz, author of Dresden Codak and outspoken critic of sexist character designs, took this quite personally.
Over the past few days, multiple women in the webcomics community have weighed in, culminating in Magnolia Pearl's open letter (linked above). (Previously)