The Big Feminist BUT: Lauren Weinstein's “If This Is All You Get""

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.


Previously: Barry’s Deutsch’s “How to Make a Man Out of Tin Foil.”

by Andi Zeisler
View profile »

Andi Zeisler is the cofounder of Bitch Media and the author of We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement. You can find her on Twitter.

Get Bitch Media's top 9 reads of the week delivered to your inbox every Saturday morning! Sign up for the Weekly Reader:

6 Comments Have Been Posted

how beautiful

this is really touching! as a big fan of graphic novels and comics i'm excited to see how this turns out, what an interesting project.

Hits home

This was like reading my life! Can't wait to see the full work!

well said!

"It cost me $10 just to erase this line" is hilarious and so sadly true. I love that you didn't reach a conclusion here. I relate to all the uncertainty. I think maybe the resistance to what people think Feminism means is a resistance to strong inflexible beliefs. Nothing I've experienced has been as mysterious as having a child and recreating my identity in the midst of it. I admire you so much Lauren.

So beautiful, Lauren!

So beautiful, Lauren! Poignant, touching - just great.

oh man

I haven't thought about Lauren Weinstein in what they refer to as a hot minute. I remember reading her comics back on, back when was cool, and I always really liked them. Of course, I'm not 100% this is the same Lauren Weinstein, but I would be surprised if it wasn't. I remember one about her belly ring getting infected, and one about her friends putting poop in some kid's locker. I'm glad to see she's still making art and I like how her style has developed. Keep it up, Lauren!

This is really touching! as a

This is really touching! as a big fan of visual books and comic strips i'm thrilled to see how this changes out, what an exciting venture. <a href="">buy youtube views cheap</a>

Add new comment