Students at York University create awesome rape culture cartoons

In A Tight SituationIt’s not often we get to laugh when talking about sexual assault, but a class of talented students at York University recently created comics on the issue that are pretty amazing.

Check this out from The Toronto Star:

As part of Design for Public Awareness, a class taught by Prof. Jan Hadlaw, the students created 12 graphic art projects that address issues surrounding sexual assault.

Hadlaw said she wasn’t sure at first about using comics to tackle such a weighty subject.

“I had to think about it for a minute — it’s a challenging topic on many levels — but it was clearly an inspired idea,” she said.

The course material was presented in conjunction with Noa Ashkenazi, the university’s sexual harassment prevention and education adviser.

Sexual assault has been a hot topic at York. Taking action to prevent attacks must go beyond getting security or law enforcement involved, Ashkenazi said.

“We cannot expect police to change the social norms. We need to change the social norms,” she said.

I’m totally in love with this concept. It’s such a great way to highlight how ridiculous rape culture is, all while entertaining students. And more importantly, this shows that there is room for all kinds of talents when it comes to ending rape. As The Star noted:

“With their skills as designers, they can be part of the movement against sexual violence,” said Ashkenazi. “Whatever our skills are, we can be part of the movement.”

York’s Centre for Human Rights is considering publishing the comics in booklets or on tee-shirts. The comics themselves will be given to York students this upcoming school year to educate them on sexual violence.


2 Comments on “Students at York University create awesome rape culture cartoons”

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