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G. Willow Wilson is a real-life superhero.

You might recognize that name, especially if you've been reading the Ms. Marvel comics featuring Kamala Khan. Last week musician Amanda Palmer took to the internet and wrote about her impending motherhood, and her fear that she might not be able to balance her creative career with her responsibilities as a parent. And G. Willow Wilson responded, revealing that the comic book industry needs to catch up and do better by its parenting employees. Check out her tweets:

"I hid both pregnancies from my employers because I knew it would affect my chances of getting work."

That sounds like some dark ages workplace misogyny. This is especially infuriating because in the U.S. there's barely any maternity leave (usually none for freelancers- which most comic book writers and artists are), and almost no workplace offers paternity leave. Having a child shouldn't mean you're out of a job! Especially since the economy is in rough shape right now, often both parents need to work to be able to support their family. And of course for single parents, it's even more crucial to keep working.
"You pay a mommy tax in creative industries, beyond doubt. But it's not imposed by the kids. It's imposed by the industry itself."
Parenting is hard enough as it is! As people who enjoy seeing artists at their best, who hope that the best in the industry are the ones rising to the top, shouldn't we be angry that women are being penalized for having a family?
@buddyesd lmao. This is a great plan. Just let me know when you're ready. Take all the time you need.
@ButterflyBlu hold on, let me warm up thunder and lightning!! >:D (< lesson teaching face)
Thank you, @buddyesd. I agree with Everything you just said, lol. It's very important to me that my son doesn't grow up to a jerk. I refuse to allow it. I will do whatever it takes and he already knows it. I'm lucky. He's a really good kid and already tries very hard to take care of his Mommy. <3 Now as for that guy, c'mere, I'll show you where to find 'im! >.>
@ButterflyBlu oh my goodness thank you so much for sharing! It's terrible to know how deep this problem goes, but it's really encouraging to know that there are people working in the industry like you. It's so difficult to speak out about gross people like this, and it definitely puts you at risk, but the silence is what protects jerks like your employer from getting fired! Especially since like you said, you weren't the only one, there were so many others that had to work with him. I am so INCENSED that he tried to use your son against you. Like, of course you needed to work. That shouldn't be something that anyone can hold over your head like that! You're so right, something has to change. A LOT of things have to change.
Oh @shannonl5, the can you are about to open, here. >.< I'll try not to go on a full bore rant...but I can certainly say, "been there, done that!" I wasn't pregnant at the time, but I was a young mom. I was working as an assistant editor to the editor of the same publishing house I still work for today. I was Also writing for a tech website. My first contact was one of those guys that everyone liked and respected...unless they knew him too well. The moment one of my friends (gaming/writing world) found out I was working with him, she emailed me and said "be careful...that one can be a jerk." I thought maybe she'd just had a rough experience with him or something, because seriously, I had met this guy, had drinks with him...he was pretty nice! >:( It started with critiques of my writing. I took it in stride. Everyone has opinions. /shrug Then, it was the...names... Baby, Sweetie, Honey, Sexy. (Let me say something here. I am from an area of the U.S. where everyone will call you "honey". Even I catch myself doing it. This wasn't THAT.) I asked him to stop. He laughed. Next, he started calling me at all hours - ALL HOURS! - for no reason. I'd ask if there was a problem with my article and he'd say, "no, not really, just thinking about you." I told him at that point to stop... everything. Period. Only call me or email me for work related reasons or I would report him the next time it happened. Then I went to a con, in costume, on my own time. I have to assume the information got around to him from one of our mutual friends who knew I was planning to go. It wasn't exactly a secret. He showed up and things got physical and ugly. I knew I had his f***ing job (and then some) and he did, too. He even swore he'd make it appear that this was all me and my idea. Didn't I NEED this job for that son of mine? By the time it was all over, several women stepped forward to me privately and said thank you. Oh, but let's not forget the piles of email calling "that girl responsible for this" (me) a liar, a bitch and a whore! Yay! Here's the problem: you can find this exact thing happening over and over again in the freelance community - especially in the tech and gaming communities where a woman works below a man. It's disgusting and wrong. Something has to change.
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