[Crossposted on TADA, where anyone can comment. Comments on this post here on “Alas” are restricted to feminists and pro-feminists only.]
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(Each of the first nine panels shows a black-haired woman walking in a public place at different times and in different outfits. In each outfit, a different stranger on the street is making a comment to her. She looks very unhappy with the comments. Panel 1 starts showing her from fairly far away, but each panel gets closer up on her face until panel 9.)
Man in doorway: Damn, beautiful!
Panel 2 (woman is waiting at bus stop)
Guy sitting on stoop: You got a number?
Man grabbing woman’s arm: Suck my cock!
Grinning older man: Smile! You’re so pretty!
Panel 5 (Woman is carrying groceries)
Man in car: Hey! I’m talking to you! Fuck you then!
Panel 6 (Woman is riding bike)
Man: DAMN, sexy, you’ve got a fat ass.
Panel 7 (Close up on woman’s almost wincing face).
Off-panel voice: Just stop and talk. I just want to talk to you.
Panel 8 (Closer up on her face, which is turned away from the viewer.)
Off-panel voice: What’s your name? C’mon, tell me your
Panel 9 (Very far shot of woman, walking hunched over with her hands in her jacket pockets).
Off-panel voice: I’d fuck the SHIT out of that.
Panel 10 (Woman at home, in her bedroom. A cheerful man in the background, wearing pajamas and sitting on a bed, talks to her; she has her back to him and looks miserable.)
Man: If women on the street said I look nice, it’d make my day![/spoiler]
When I was researching this cartoon, I came across several different women reporting they get harassed more often when they’re on a bicycle. So I decided that in one panel the woman should be riding a bike. But it turned out I was lousy at drawing a bike, so I actually had to use photo reference, and redraw it several times. So I probably worked harder on that one panel than any other in the cartoon.
Then, when I finalized the cartoon’s layout, I ended up cropping 90% of the bike out of that panel. Oh well.