Web Crush Wednesdays: Manfeels Park

jr9fangirls1111For years, Jane Austen novels and characters have been praised for their feminist leanings and excellent female characters. Now two women from Dundee, Scotland, Erin and Morag, are using these characters to call out mansplaining and anti-feminism. In Manfeels Park, Erin and Morag use nearly verbatim quotes from sexist internet commenters and even public figures and juxtapose them with hand drawn scenes from Jane Austen movies.

Salon.com describes how the two women came up with the idea to take classic Austen characters and use them in a feminist comic. They explain:

Erin and Morag began the “Manfeels Park” Web comic based only on the sound of the word.  “We were talking about some feminist issue or other,” explains Mo, “and I said something sarcastic about ‘manfeels’ and Erin observed that whenever someone used that term she thought ‘Manfeels Park’. And I said, ‘Yep, I’m using that for something if it kills me.’” They chose to work with the 1995 “Pride and Prejudice” because they happened to have screen caps lying around. But the movie’s iconic status means that it’s an ideal starting point, since most readers will have seen the scenes in question and can hear the voices and imagine the mannerisms of the characters.

The comics themselves became an internet sensation, especially because Erin and Morag were tackling some of the most mainstream criticisms of feminism. Erin and Morag further explain how they didn’t go to MRA forums or any of the other worst places to look for quotes about feminism, but rather decided to keep their quotes as general as possible.

manfeels-park-10-missing-somethingBy using only the quotes the everyday feminist may encounter from the typical anti-feminist sexist and using the likes of Lizzy Bennett and other Jane Austen characters to make fun of or refute the arguments, we get some hilarious and insightful comics. Erin and Morag have tackled everything from religious issues that affect women to transphobic women (who claim to be “feminists”), and they’ve even tackled the “Women Against Feminism” meme.

manfeels-park-14-against-feminismIf you love Jane Austen, feminism, and are looking to laugh at the sexists of the world, then I highly recommend you check out the rest of Erin and Morag’s comics at their website. You can also follow them on Tumblr and on Twitter.

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