roleplay (local gender magazine)

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i was contacted by the editor of a brand new local gender magazine called “roleplay” and asked to contribute a drawing. a lot of my drawings might have gender themes, but i don’t plan that.

one of my drawings does have a deliberate gender theme: called “all i can see“. i drew it for the cover of the kyoto journal’s gender in asia issue, but they didn’t use it. this drawing keeps getting linked from different blogs, and lots of people come from stumbleupon to see it (my gallery pages with this drawing now have over 20,000 views). people seem to react strongly to it. a lot of people think the drawing is making fun of how much boys like breasts. i actually never thought of it that way when i was drawing it.

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the editor asked me to write a blurb about this drawing. i sent him something i wrote earlier, from my website:

in my drawing, a boy is having breasts sewn over his eyes. he’s happy about it. he is being made more feminine. usually, that means taking something away (castration). but this is an addition, not a subtraction. i think femininity, including traditional parts like motherhood, is a positive thing. men and women are both better off if they can be feminine. not instead of other things, but in addition to them.

this magazine is available at a local bookstore, turning the tide, and USSU women’s and LGBTA centers.

because it’s so popular, i made a print of this drawing. you can buy it from my online shop.

Author: yuka

can you see this?

6 thoughts on “roleplay (local gender magazine)”

  1. I love it. Really I think its great. I would never have thought of it but it makes perfect sense. I am blinded by women’s breasts all the time, and made a bit speechless too sometimes if I’m honest.

  2. I can see how people have misinterpreted what you were trying to say because men only seeing boobs seems kind of obvious, however what you wrote about the piece was absolutely beautiful. Several of my friends and myself have some issues with gender roles and what is expected from both men and women, so when I read “men and women are both better off if they can be feminine. not instead of other things, but in addition to them,” I was elated because I have never thought of things that way. It makes so much more sense to me now to add things to your personality rather than to take away in order to be your best self. Thank you. You have truly inspired me.

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