We've been posting for a couple of weeks about The Big Feminist BUT, a comics anthology about women, men, and feminism, and today's post is the last in our series. It's from Lauren Weinstein, author of Girl Stories, and the piece—titled "If This is All You Get"—is about one area where the many "buts" of feminism often converge—parenting.
You've heard from us at Bitch about the challenges of publishing outside the mainstream market. It's tough enough for magazines, but books are a whole other ballgame, where even the indiest of independent presses have to buy and publish books based on what's considered marketable. And, well, feminism? Not generally thought of as marketable. According to BFB coeditors Shannon O'Leary and Joan Reilly,
We heard time and time again that "publishers won't put out a book with the word 'feminism' in the title" and that "anthologies are a tough sell these days." We'd like you to help us prove those notions wrong and get this book out there.
With 11 days left, the book's Kickstarter fund is about three-quarters of the way to its goal—and contributing artists have been adding even more cool rewards that backers can claim, including a Sykpe portrait drawn by Gabrielle Bell and limited-edition prints from Ron Rege Jr. And if you're looking for the perfect gift for the feminist comics fan in your life, you can back the project and get a Big Feminist BUT holiday card sent to your lucky recipient!
So enjoy, and consider donating to make The Big Feminist BUT available and to bring more thoughtful, nuanced takes on the feminist experience—for all genders—to comics readers.