Moen at Stumptown Comics Fest
You don’t have to look further than “Girl Fuck: An introduction to girl-on-girl lovin’ ” to see that Erika Moen is all about sex, and completely unafraid to talk about it. The 16-page zine is a starter course for those clueless in non-hetero girl sex, and includes some guidelines from Gender Bending 101. Her work is in the Best Erotic Comics of 2008 and her comic “Silver Bullet” was in the second True Porn Anthology, another erotic comics collection.
from Girl Fuck
But her work isn’t all tits and wiggles (rhymes with shits and giggles? No? Okay). Her 2004 self-published “I like Girls” is Moen’s intensely personal story on falling in love with a girl for the first time and the intimidating task of telling her family.
Besides coloring the content of many of her comics, Moen (in one of her daily comics) says, “ ‘Lesbian’ is my politics, my social sphere, my aesthetic, it’s my identity,” which is sometimes difficult to navigate when you wind up married to a man. Her popular web comic “DAR: A super secret girly top secret comic diary” (now in its sixth year) addresses her not-so-heteronormative lifestyle, artistic career, and gastro-intestinal intensities. You can also check out her weekly webcast, the Erika Moen Show!
But she’s not without controversy. While pulling images and facts for the post, I cam across some recent discussion on a recent DAR comic that has made some ripples in the trans blogsphere, and foreshadows some of the other recent conversations about trans fetishization. The following comic might be triggering…
As a white, straight-identified, able bodied feminist, I’m unsure of saying whether or not Moen was in the right or the wrong, or whether “show me your vadge” is immature, but as a comics reader, I am interested in the way that it inspired reactions through livejournal and blog posts, but through webcomic re-interpretation as well. What do you think on Moen’s work and the reaction? How does it fit into the larger discussion about trans and cis women?