Fruit of Knowledge: The Vulva vs. The Patriarchy

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Fantagraphics Books, 15 ago 2018 - 144 pagine

From Adam and Eve to pussy hats, people have punished, praised, pathologized, and politicized vulvas, vaginas, clitorises, and menstruation. In this graphic nonfiction book, drawn in chunky, punky pen, Swedish cartoonist Liv Strömquist traces how different cultures and traditions have shaped women’s health and beyond. Her biting, informed commentary and ponytailed avatar guides the reader from the darkest chapters of history (a clitoridectomy performed on a five-year-old American child as late as 1948) to the lightest (vulvas used as architectural details as a symbol of protection). Like humorists Julie Doucet (Dirty Plotte), Alison Bechdel (Dykes to Watch Out For), and Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant), she uses the comics medium to reveal uncomfortable truths about how far we haven’t come.


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Fruit of Knowledge: The Vulva vs. the Patriarchy

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This lively feminist graphic essay collection discusses, in chatty comics form, a wide range of topics related to the female reproductive system and society’s uncomfortable relationship with it ... Leggi recensione completa

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Liv Strömquistnbsp;wasborn in Sweden, where she still lives (in Malmö). Sheisa radio host with a degree in political science. Her left-leaning,award-winningcomicshave been published in zines and magazines. The feminist ForbiddenKnowledgesold 40,000 copies in Sweden -- meaning one out of every twenty-five people own it -- and has been published worldwide.

Melissa Bowers is a translator and editor. She lives in Seattle.

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