Panel – Text: Sometimes my queer community feels utopic… Person 1: “Oh yeah. We totally banged last weekend!” Person 2, the narrator: [Concerned look on their face]. Text: So it’s real jolting when I hear misogynistic comments from people I’d otherwise call my friends and allies.
Panel 2 – Speech bubbles that read: “HEY BABY!” “I like the one with the legs!” “You don’t wanna dance with me? Fine. PRUDE.”
Panel 3 – Narrator (with a distressed expression): Like REALLY?! Aren’t most of us within the LGBT community facing some sort of marginalization? Shouldn’t we be sympathetic to the struggles and everyday misogyny people face?
Panel 4 – Text: For example: the objectification and non-consensual sexualization of queers onto other queers. [Two examples of sexual harassment are shown.] Text: this can be done by anyone, regardless of gender presentation.
Panel 5 – Or the exclusion of trans women from queer and/or women’s spaces. [A trans woman sits on a chair reading a book and has a heated expression. Three women sit across from her at a table. They are also holding books and their faces are angry/hostile as they stare at the trans woman.] Text: And not just openly excluding trans women, but also by being generally unwelcoming, misgendering, showing discomfort, and other microaggressions.
Panel 6 – Text: Another example of misogyny is when gay men feel it’s ok to touch or grope women… Man: “Looking good” [Slaps the backside of a queer woman of color.]
Panel 7 – A masculine-presenting person is standing in the middle of the panel. The words “Bow Ties,” “Suits,” “Dapper” surround them. A speech bubble says “Sigh…” Text: Or how the look of mainstream androgyny/Queerness has gravitated toward masculinity.
Panel 8 – Text: Femme or femme-presenting people are constantly having their identities called into question. Masculine-presenting person: “So, are you really gay?” Feminine-presenting person: [They have an angry/annoyed expression on their face.]
Panel 9 – Person 1: “Seriously, I don’t want you hanging out with him!” Person 2: [They have a uncomfortable expression and are sweating.] Text: And, the idea of “owning” the bodies of those we love or date.
Panel 10 – Text: Misogynistic beauty standards cause an erasure of identities to those that don’t fit within the status quo. Person 1: “A date?! I’ve never seen you that way… I didn’t even know you were bi…” A person in a wheelchair is sitting in front of them, giving them a side eye.
Panel 11 – A Black woman is standing in the middle of the panel, speech bubbles standing around her. They read, “Too aggressive,” “Exotic,” “I wouldn’t date a black person,”SASSY!” and “Too dark.” Text: And racialized misogyny which affects women of color.
Panel 12 – A community should be a place where we all feel safe and welcome. The LGBT community should be focused on fighting homophobia, transphobia, and sexism. [A couple is shown with hearts around them.] The sad but necessary truth is that we have to start fighting misogyny from within. [A group of people are shown smiling and standing together.] Misogyny has been taught to us by society, politics, by the world at large. There is a lot to unlearn and a lot of self-examination that needs to go on.
Panel 13 – We need to catch ourselves first… Person 1: “I mean, she’s not that interesting, but I’d hit it anyways.” Narrator: “Oh really? She seemed okay to me…”
Panel 14 – Text: And call out our friends when we can. Narrator: “Actually this conversation is kind of messed up. You’re acting like a gross frat boy, and I’m just egging you on.”
Panel 15 – Text: When people realize this isn’t acceptable, our space can become safer and more welcoming to everyone. Person 1 from the previous two panels: “I am who I am!” Narrator: “No, seriously this is icky. I don’t wanna talk about it anymore.”
Panel 16 – Text: And a space where there is no value difference based on gender identity or expression. Same Person 1: “Well. This is awkward.” Narrator: “I’m okay with that.”