Men say a lot of stupid things to me. That’s not an accusation. It’s not even an intelligent observation. It’s a fact. And do you know what makes me feel worse about myself?
I let them.
And that’s not fucking fair.
The following statements have been made to me in my real, human, adult life by men who I do not know. At the time, I did not reply. I could not reply. Now, I have responded to these men in kind and those responses are detailed here, accompanied by illustrations by Ariel Ries.
”You have a twinkle in your eye but, like, that’s not a compliment."
I have tiny lightning bolts under my skin
where my belly curves away from me.
I have the dust of stars sprinkled
across the arch of my back.
I have thousands and thousands
of galaxies in the irises of my eyes,
But I am still afraid of outer space,
because I am still afraid
"You're a bit too aggressive."
You take my words
out of my mouth,
and put yours in its place.
You expect me
not to spit them out.
You get angry
when I throw them up.
You break my neck
trying to convince me
that what you do
is not violence.
"I think this, "everything", it's for the greater good."
A day will come where
water will pour from your body,
as the ocean within you
starts a revolution.
Ariel Ries is an Australian born animation student living in Denmark. She's a bit gay, a bit brown, and is the #1 most recognisable eggplant-themed personality on the internet. When she's not screaming about social justice and cartoons on Twitter, she makes the multi-award nominated webcomic Witchy. Her work can also be found at her Twitter and her Tumblr.