Study Guide Questions for The Stranger, Volume 22, Issue 40
1. In a two-page spread this week, BRITTANY KUSA, CIENNA MADRID, ANNA MINARD, MARY TRAVERSE, and EMILY NOKES use cartoons to explain how women should respond to street harassment. Street harassment is a real problem. Why do you think these women decided to use the information-light medium of comics to discuss it?
2. Several of the cartoons in the spread suggest the threat of physical violence (face-elbowing, eye-gouging, scrotum-slicing) as a response to street harassment.
(a) The authors aren't seriously suggesting violence as a response to verbal harassment, right?
(b) Let's say a female reader follows their advice and threatens physical violence to a drunken harasser. Who will pay that poor suggestible woman's medical bills?
3. JEN GRAVES discusses an artist who is building a house in the Olympic Sculpture Park. Ms. Graves does not address the obvious issue of building a structure on public land for the intent of art in a city that does not provide enough shelter for its huge homeless population. Will a homeless person be evicted if they try to live in this structure? Is that fair? Why or why not?
4. This week's Stranger also contains an issue of A&P, the newish arts quarterly created by the art critics of The Stranger. When you open The Stranger to discover an issue of A&P, do you
(a) squeal with joy and toss The Stranger aside, digging into the new issue of A&P?
(b) put the issue of A&P on the back of the toilet in your bathroom with the honest intent to read it eventually, even though you never do?
(c) use A&P to line your birdcage because the glossy cover "wipes up real nice"?
(d) immediately recycle the issue of A&P, because who needs more dithering about artists, for God's sake?
5. This issue of A&P features the Genius Award shortlist. Do you believe the whiteness of the vast majority of these shortlisters reflects
(a) the whiteness of Seattle?
(b) the whiteness of The Stranger's staff?
(c) both of these things?