Go Ye and Figure

Posted by on April 20th, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Strange vindication for Dave Sim comes from Tasha Robinson, critic for the Onion A.V. Club, who when asked for a work of art that changed her life, cited the masculinist rant in Sim’s book Reads:

. . . And yet no matter how crazed Sim’s depiction of women became—one sequence literally depicts a woman eating her boyfriend’s brain as he vapidly describes their looove—I kept wondering if there were some truths in there. His conviction that men are essentially logical and women are wildly emotional and endlessly tricky and selfish and manipulative didn’t hold water with me, but his anecdotes made me think twice about my own behavior, and start to monitor it. Was I really authentically angry over some perceived slight, or was I creating drama to get attention? Did I honestly not want to be around my boyfriend, or was I only withholding affection to force him to agree with me? And it was a short step from monitoring to actually altering my behavior, and trying to be more rational, direct, and honest about my issues with other people. I’m not sure any of this self-judging is entirely healthy, and I am sure that learning life lessons from a man who seems to be authentically mentally ill is a bad idea. But I do feel more comfortable with my own emotions and behavior in feeling that aware of, and consciously avoiding, the cheap stereotypes about my gender.

Make of it what you will.

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One Response to “Go Ye and Figure”

  1. Gary Groth says:

    That’s almost as crazy as Sim’s original rant.

    Which at the same time makes his original rant less crazy.