I was in the mood to read webcomics, so I googled “best webcomics” and a buzzfeed list came up. I knew this was a mistake before I clicked on it but I clicked on the link regardless. I scrolled through all the descriptions uninterested until it talked about “girls with slingshots” which buzzfeed claims is “one of the few prominent web comics to honor the experience of queer women.” They also had a snippet of a comic which showed a white woman and a brown skinned woman. I was thinking “Great! Queer women of color!”
So I started reading. The first few comics had two white women as the main characters. Then I read more and they both identify as straight. Where are the queer women of color I’m expecting, I wondered. I kept reading, only to be disappointed by the cliche moments that were supposed to be humorous and stereotypical tropes, interactions and characters. I kept reading out of boredom. Then the webcomic became really problematic with an implicit sexual assault scene which really disgusted me. Somehow, I still kept reading. The author issued a defense saying she was called out by her readership and does not support sexual assault and that readers should wait and see where the story arc goes. I kept reading. Then one of the characters talked about “reverse sexism” and this may be where I draw the line. Am I so willing to find good representation of queer people of color that I’ll read through this annoying white bullshit before I get there. Will it even be worth it? I’m desperate enough to keep reading unless someone has a recommendation which is less problematic, cliche, and more engaging.