Copywrongs! The Ladydrawers History of the World Part III

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 09:23 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Clay Harris , Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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Ladydrawers: Copyrwrongs!Recent debates over the always enraging but never changing VIDA byline stats (which document the percentage of women's bylines in major media outlets) have seemingly devolved into hopelessness, with some parties claiming that editors don't care or they would hire more women creators, editors using the moment to trumpet perhaps marginal accomplishments in bringing in new women's voices, and women writers still floundering in a field of cultural production that clearly doesn't value their labor as highly as men's. Here at Ladydrawers, of course, we feel that byline counts are just the most immediate proof of a deeply flawed system. This system includes differences in how published content is acquireda pay gap across a range of gender identities, and unique but consistent forms of gender-based and sexual harassment. It  is also a reflection of a larger gender bias in media and labor in general

This flawed system was built outside the arena of cultural production, of course, which is why the last two strips have focused on a history of women's struggle for equal political representation and pay, and women's recent gains in Congress. But a lack of political representation across a spectrum of gender identities has had real impacts on laws and policies upon which our culture is built. Over the next few strips, we'll explore how intellectual property rights law has had an impact on culture, culling from research done in residency at the Provisions Library in Washington, DC. This one, a collaboration with Ladydrawer's second male artist Clay Harris, features portraits of cultural producers from the DC area. 

Ladydrawers: Copywrongs!

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Clay Harris

Clay Harris is an artist and teacher living in Silver Spring, Maryland. He takes care of his mom and teaches cartooning on weekends.

Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, Weinberg Fellow at the Newberry Library, a Fulbright scholar, and the author of several award-winning non-fiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press, 2007) and Cambodian Grrrl (2011). Co-editor and publisher of now-defunct Punk Planet and the founding editor of the Best American Comics series from Houghton Mifflin, Moore teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She contributes criticism to The New Inquiry, The Baffler, N+1p and many others and writes a monthly comic strip for Truthout called Ladydrawers on gender, labor, and culture. Her latest book from Cantankerous Titles, New Girl Law, was called “A post-empirical, proto-fourth-wave feminist memoir” by Bust Magazine.

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