Disappointing Tribute to Late Cartoonist Trina Robbins Gets Hyper-Political

A writer at Hey Alma talks about the late cartoonist Trina Robbins, from a most unsurprisingly leftist (and feminist) perspective:


…I was stunned to realize that I didn’t know anything about Trina Robbins sooner. As a self-proclaimed Jewish nerd and feminist, how could I have missed this brilliant, Jewish, nerdy, feminist icon? Maybe it was because of casual sexism in comics scholarship that focused primarily on male voices. Maybe it was because Trina’s career didn’t primarily focus on the Big Three in Mainstream Comics (i.e. Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman), but on a number of independent and indie projects as well. Whatever it was, I was truly grateful to discover her when I did.


So that’s all comicdom’s ever been from then till now? “Casual sexism”? Because if you look under a microscope, you’ll find not much has changed in modern times, where it’s suddenly wrong for a woman to look attractive, even if she wants to be.



All that’s happened is that sexism was turned inside out, making it considerably worse.


Trina’s eye for style and love for fandom (including science fiction) naturally drew her to the underground comix scene. However, upon interacting with other creators, she quickly discovered that many treated underground comix as a boys-only club.

Tired of the casual misogyny that filled many underground comix at the time, Trina decided to form her own project, “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” the first comic book created by an all-woman team. Trina collaborated with other female creatives such as Barbara “Willy” Mendes on “It Ain’t Me, Babe” and it was a game-changer, discussing female sexuality and dreams of liberation around the turn of the feminist movement in a field where it had barely been discussed before. Trina continued that line of work through projects such as the comics anthology, “Wimmen’s Comix,” which included her piece “Sandy Comes Out,” one of the first published comics in the world that discussed lesbianism in a respectful light.


I’m not sure much has changed in that regard either, seeing how even lesbians are discriminated against these days by the left, and how quite a few possible lesbians are now beginning to eschew it for the sake of “non-binary”. As a result, today’s discussions of sexuality may be far removed from whatever Robbins worked on in her time. In any event, the writer turns to something that’s really galling:


Trina used her art for activism, drawing attention to important causes such as abortion rights through editing and contributing to the “Choices: A Pro-Choice Benefit Comic Anthology for the National Organization for Women,” and “Strip AIDS,” a project made to educate about HIV AIDS, while raising funds for those affected by AIDS.


Well if that’s what the writer believes is a great mission, that’s why this is hugely disappointing. Much of the world population is collapsing, with communist regimes leading the way, and even countries like Greece suffering badly, and all these progressives can think of advocating is abortion no matter how an infant was conceived? This is simply distasteful. I think I’ve heard enough, and while I don’t deny Robbins has some significant achievements in her portfolio, supporting abortion at all costs is not one of them. That’s not something to celebrate, and makes this would-be tribute a major embarrassment.


Originally published here.

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Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1