The "Fausse Feminists" who kill Feminism!

In French there is an expression called “Avoir des couilles au cul” to address someone having the “courage”, and literally means having another balls on the ass! Since 2015 there is an annual award having this title to valuate the “artistic courage” of Political and editorial cartoonist in the Angouleme Comics Festival. Two women artists recieved this award in 2016 and 2017 and the winner of 2018 was finally a guy: Kianoush!…

Recently I’ve met with a French author, a so called Feminist woman. She immediately questionned the title of my award and suggesting that they should change it to “avoir des tétons” which literally means having the nipples! I found out that she never heard of that expression and just insisting on “having the balls” part! so the conversation continued in a very odd way which an Iranian guy had to explain a very famous French expression to a French author, a conversation filled with balls, nipples, feminism and courage! later she asked if she can come to my class to see what I’m doing which of course I approved and invited her [but I felt this is going to be something more… ]

In the class, I teach “Reading the Image”, which is a workshop of decrypting some of my drawings by analysing their symbols and their compositions. so in a workshop on the “freedom” concept, The feminist [who was the guest of my class that day] finally raised her hand to ask her question like any other students. it was about one drawing inspired by the very famous and historical photo of the D-Day landing in Normandy in which the young soldiers are reaching to the beach to liberate France. She precised that she doesn’t have any question but a critic: “why didn’t you draw any woman in your drawing here?!…” my answer was very short and quick : “Because there was no woman in that precise photo and that very historical moment!” but she continued with another question: “have you ever drawn any woman?!…”

The very embarrasing moments which I experienced that day in my class, made me think deeply think about a very old confrontation, should I be blamed or questioned because simply I’m a man? Should anyone be allowed to force an artist how to create his art by the pretext of being a feminist?…