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Today at the Comics Journal, we're launching our week by sharing an extensive look at the collected Windowpane, from Breakdown Press and Joe Kessler.

Over the weekend, multiple contributors to this site contacted both Tim and I regarding a review we published last Thursday. Many of the complaints directed towards us were around the reviewer's use of the word "gynocentrism" to describe certain aspects of the book's narrative. At the time of publication, I myself was ignorant of the word, and assumed (based off what I now realize was extremely too casual googling of the word's most basic definition) that it fit the reviewer's general point. However, due to the amount of feedback we have received and the actual research that I should have done in the first place, it has become clear that the word has been adopted by some mysogynistic hate groups and incel clubs as a way to dismiss and demean women, and while I have spoken with the reviewer and absolutely believe that he was unaware of those connotations and did not intend for the word to have the result it did--that wasn't his job. It was mine, as the editor of said review. My ignorance of the word's adoption in no way lessens the effect it has had, nor does it dismiss my responsibility. I made a mistake, and I'm sorry. I should not have published a review that included that kind of language. The review has been edited to remove the usage of that word, and a note has been attached to reflect those changes.


3 Responses to Today

  1. EH says:

    TCJ needs to prioritize adding more voices of women. I know you can point to progress made, but there is no excuse for not having something remotely approaching parity in bylines by this point.

  2. James says:

    “assumed … that it fit the reviewer’s general point”
    It did, which is why the find and replace is a truly bizarre “solution”

  3. CA says:

    if you think the word itself was the only problem, and not the general dismissiveness of a woman’s work, then you have much more to work on than you think. What can you do right now, as in concrete actions, to uplift women in comics?

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