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How a Feminist Shirt Started a War on Twitter

Art by Joëlle Jones and Rachelle Rosenberg

Mockingbird art by Joëlle Jones and Rachelle Rosenberg

Mockingbird, a Marvel comic series, is about Bobbi Morse, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, skilled fighter, and Avenger. Some Marvel fans may know this powerful character from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. televison show on ABC. Mockingbird‘s TV show character adaptation is written by Chelsea Cain.

Chelsea Cain released a cover (shown above) and many people, specifically male comic readers, were enraged that the character was wearing an “Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda” t-shirt.

They attacked the writer on Twitter, which led Cain off social media and cancelled the continuation of Mockingbird.

Art by Joëlle Jones and Rachelle Rosenberg, Mockingbird

Mockingbird art by Joëlle Jones and Rachelle Rosenberg, Mockingbird

Cain stated on her website, “I loved Twitter. I made friends. I maintained friendships. I was delighted when I got to exchange texts with my favorite podcaster or a TV actor or writer I love. And I had a huge network of other comic book industry professionals who offered me daily support and invaluable advice.  I mentored teenagers and exchanged tweets with readers and tried to be funny sometimes. But know that I did not leave Twitter because of rape threats or because someone had posted my address, or any of the truly vile tactics you hear about. I left Twitter because of the ordinary daily abuse that I decided I didn’t want to live with anymore. The base level of casual crassness and sexism.”

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Mockingbird art by Joëlle Jones and Rachelle Rosenberg, Mockingbird #8

Due to the fact that antifeminists are still criticizing the fictional character and harrassing the writer, and the fact that the shirt said “feminist” on it, supporters are fueled by the hatred and are buying the issues as well as showing support for Cain. It is now the #1 bestselling Marvel comic on Amazon.com. Also, there is a hashtag on twitter, #SupportChelseaCain, to console the writer.

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