Sinfest is a webcomic by the somewhat reclusive Tatsuya Ishida. The comic started out with pretty standard dudebro jokes relying on sexist stereotypes, jokes relying racist stereotypes, and sexist audience pandering. In all, the strip has been one in which sexual objectification of women is de rigeur, porn is ubiquitous, and virtually all of the male-female interaction involves the male character’s attempts to get in the female character’s pants.
The strip focused on the male characters primarily, with Monique – the only recurring female character in the beginning – being seen by a lot of the fan-base as the “you want her but you can’t have her (yet)” sexualized foil for the main male character.
Over the years, the main characters have changed somewhat. Monique started off being a proud “slut” with leanings towards social justice. She’s become a vegetarian, given up her beat poetry gig, become more active in social justice causes, and had lots of periods of self-doubt.
And now, we have today’s comic.
Tats has previously had works by Simone de Beauvoir, Sappho, and bell hooks appear in the comic. Now he’s including Dworkin, and the comic forum-goers are trying to figure out if this is all some sort of ongoing joke about feminists.
And I really can’t tell if Tats planned this the whole time (make a popular strip with jokes that would be perfectly suited to 4chan’s /b/, then when the strip is getting published hit everybody with some radical feminism), or if he’s working in ideas about gender which have only come into play recently.
Either way, I’m psyched. Tats, if you’re reading this – more prominent non-white women in the Sisterhood?