Respect the right to decide on our own bodies or achieve real equality in which every day is 8M are examples of the claims that some of the main female voices of the Spanish vignette launch on the occasion of International Women’s Day, which is celebrated on Sunday.
Until not long ago, the comic strip was a matter of men, and almost always for men, but in the last decade women such as Flavita Banana, Ana Oncina and Susana Martín are showing that this is also a matter of women and women. But still, as they have told Efe, there is much to do.
– Irene Olmo (Córdoba, 1978). Author of the recent “I don’t want to be a mom” (Bang).
Among the “many things” that this Cordoba would ask 8M is to “respect and recognize” the sexual and reproductive rights of women.
“I think it is essential that we have the right to decide on our own bodies, that if a woman wants to have an abortion she can do it and for that we would need abortion to be decriminalized, that if she wants to have a tubal ligation at reproductive age she can do it and that the State stop treating women as defenseless beings unable to decide for themselves, “he says.
A petition that directs the State, which is the one that “imposes through its punitive way its paternalistic vision on the body of women”, and the whole society as a whole so that they “respect the decisions that women make on their own bodies and therefore about their own lives. “
– Ana Oncina (Elda, 1989). Author of the series “Croqueta y empanadilla”.
Oncina raises her voice so that all women can “claim louder and louder” and “achieve real equality in which every day is 8M”.
A message that launches “to society, culture and education.”
– Meritxell Duran (Barcelona, 1964). Regular illustrator of several newspapers (El Mundo, El País or El Periódico) and author of the recent “Depression or Victory”.
The Catalan asks something simple and direct, that feminism and this day is not a “postureo”, because if you really want equality it “has to leave the evolution of the two sexes.” “When there is duality, feminism and machismo, one cannot exist without the other,” he says.
“Therefore,” he adds, “one would have to seek unity in both parts, to work together towards a more human evolution, with more dignity for the whole race. If there is power in either of the two parts, there is inequality and if there is inequality there will always be conflict. Let’s solve the conflict. “
In this sense, Durán is addressed to men who “abuse power” to make “more dignified and more protective laws for women”; and to the women so that they “understand from where they have the voice and that they use it not against the man but in favor of all”.
– Paulina Silva (Santiago, Chile, 1980). Painter and illustrator of the visual poem “Women”.
“I ask the 8M to be heard, to evolve over the years and that we can see that over time this date gradually becomes an act that remembers, that commemorates things of the past and not that fights year after year for changes that do not they occur, both politically and socially, “he tells Efe.
And he asks “society in general”, but first to women and then to those who “have in their hands that things change.”
– Ilu Ros (Murcia, 1985). Author of “Our Things.”
This illustrator from Murcia who has just revolutionized the cartoon with “Our Things” wants an 8M that “continues to grow until no woman feels isolated, alone or abused by the simple fact of being a woman.”
And the way to achieve this is that we do it “all” because he believes that feminism “contributes to a healthier society”, and that is “a benefit for all”.
– Flavia Álvarez, (Oviedo, 1987). Viñetista known as Flavita Banana.
The author of 100% feminine and feminist titles such as “The things of wanting” or “Curvy” asks this 8M for a “joint reflection”: that the feminist struggle be the “only topic of the day and generate conversations, links and ideas “.
A request that launches “everyone”, but also makes one herself: “That each unx do as he feels.”
– Susana Martín (Barcelona, 1976). Member of the comic book collective and illustrator of “Anne Marie”.
“I ask organizations of salons and comic events and journalists, to stop inviting us to round tables / articles / reports on the situation of women in the comic or with women as a topic and invite us more to talk about our works and professional career “, a direct reflection so that it reaches all ears.
Sergio Andreu and Pilar Martín