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Akin Roadtrip: Our Quest to Bring Sex Education to the Man Who Invented "Legitimate Rape"

Monday, September 10, 2012 By Sara Drake and Anne Elizabeth Moore, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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Ladydrawers - Akin RoadtripWe promised you some gender bending last month with our first male Ladydrawers artist, but we're going to put that off for a bit to bring you some mind-bending: Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Missouri) statements about female biology. When we heard them, we knew immediately: that guy needs some accurate, evidence-based words and pictures about gender and sexuality, stat. So, with our good pals from Our Bodies, Ourselves, we decided to take a road trip to St. Louis.

The journey caught the popular imagination, with coverage in Jezebel, the New York Daily News, Express Milwaukee and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. If only we could deliver comprehensive sex education materials to all 541 members of Congress! Come to think of it, we might! In the meantime, we're making a pop quiz about the female anatomy and how it is legislated. Tell us what we should ask your representatives in the comments section below!

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Ladydrawers - Akin Roadtrop

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Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press) and Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles). She is a Fulbright scholar, a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and is the recipient of a 2016 Write A House Fellowship in Detroit. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial and a solo show at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and in The New York Times, among others. Her most recent book, from Curbside Splendor, is Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.

Sara Drake

Sara Drake is a cartoonist and maze-maker who currently resides on the Internet. Her work is displayed in official and not-so-official places. She likes short walks on the beach and candlelit geodesic domes, and she hates jerks. She is the author of the self-published comic, "Small Advices," and the former editor of Xerox Candy Bar. Visit her blog by clicking here.

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Akin Roadtrip: Our Quest to Bring Sex Education to the Man Who Invented "Legitimate Rape"

Monday, September 10, 2012 By Sara Drake and Anne Elizabeth Moore, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
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Ladydrawers - Akin RoadtripWe promised you some gender bending last month with our first male Ladydrawers artist, but we're going to put that off for a bit to bring you some mind-bending: Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Missouri) statements about female biology. When we heard them, we knew immediately: that guy needs some accurate, evidence-based words and pictures about gender and sexuality, stat. So, with our good pals from Our Bodies, Ourselves, we decided to take a road trip to St. Louis.

The journey caught the popular imagination, with coverage in Jezebel, the New York Daily News, Express Milwaukee and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. If only we could deliver comprehensive sex education materials to all 541 members of Congress! Come to think of it, we might! In the meantime, we're making a pop quiz about the female anatomy and how it is legislated. Tell us what we should ask your representatives in the comments section below!

Click to open full-size in a new window.

Ladydrawers - Akin Roadtrop

Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.

Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press) and Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles). She is a Fulbright scholar, a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, and is the recipient of a 2016 Write A House Fellowship in Detroit. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial and a solo show at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and in The New York Times, among others. Her most recent book, from Curbside Splendor, is Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes.

Sara Drake

Sara Drake is a cartoonist and maze-maker who currently resides on the Internet. Her work is displayed in official and not-so-official places. She likes short walks on the beach and candlelit geodesic domes, and she hates jerks. She is the author of the self-published comic, "Small Advices," and the former editor of Xerox Candy Bar. Visit her blog by clicking here.