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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

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 cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press) and Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles). She has held Fulbright scholarships and was a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial and solo shows at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, and in The New York Times, among others, and currently lives in Chicago.


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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

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!

Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.

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 cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press) and Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles). She has held Fulbright scholarships and was a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial and solo shows at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, and in The New York Times, among others, and currently lives in Chicago.


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