Commute An Intimate, Clever, And Ultimately Gut Wrenching Graphic Memoir About The Daily Decision Women Must Make Between Being Sexualized Or Being Invisible In Commute, We Follow Author And Illustrator Erin Williams On Her Daily Commute To And From Work, Punctuated By Recollections Of Sexual Encounters As Well As Memories Of Her Battle With Alcoholism, Addiction, And Recovery As She Moves Through The World Navigating Banal, Familiar, And Sometimes Uncomfortable Interactions With The Familiar Faced Strangers She Sees Daily, Williams Weaves Together A Riveting Collection Of Flashbacks Her Recollections Highlight The Indefinable Moments When Lines Are Crossed And A Woman Must Ask Herself If The Only Way To Avoid Being Objectified Is To Simply Cease To Draw Any Attention To Her Physical Being She Delves Into The Gray Space That Lives Between Consent And Assault And Tenderly Explores The Complexity Of The Shame, Guilt, Vulnerability, And Responsibility Attached To Both

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Commute
  • Erin Williams
  • 05 November 2018
  • 9781419736742

10 thoughts on “Commute

  1. says:

    I set a lot of things aside with topics personal to me but because I felt this was such an important book I made time for it Sadly, this turned out to be something completely different to what I, and many others, had envisaged when reading the synopsis I was willing to move past my usual mantra of not even really considering graphic novels and second and much importantly, I was willing to accept that this, owing to the topic, would undoubtedly open old wounds in regards to sexual abuse suffered in my past I expected this to, of course, be very frank and honest but also to a large extent compassionate and that couldn t have been further from the truth I think many will read the blurb, like I did, and go in expecting something similar to what I did but what they will receive is not merely a world away but a whole sprawling universe Of course, reading is subjective and you may not agree with my critique on the matter If this accurately reflects Williams s rumination she is not really the type of person I would want as a friend her thoughts on fat people were rather demeaning, but she does make some interesting and salient points when it comes to women s position in society, which I enjoyed.The mention of shaming I assumed was going to be by the characters in this tale but actually, much of the shaming was done by the author and wasn t properly and forcefully addressed as being wrong I couldn t believe some of the stuff contained in these pages and I hope this review helps to protect readers who may be upset, like I was, by the whole narrative It portrays women as either victims of unwanted male attention or as invisible from male view and therefore lonely these are very cut and dry and definitely not the full story It s really quite bizarre, and not in a good way I am rarely offended but found this came incredibly close to it especially all of the excuses made for male behaviour as a survivor of sexual assault this made me feel physically sick, and I found it astonishing that the author has been through rape herself and was able to write about such encounters in such a blais manner I write this negative review as a means to warn others and hopefully save them from some of the upset Many thanks to ABRAMS ComicArts for an ARC.

  2. says:

    I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.Read this for a fatphobic White Feminist take on the male gaze.Let s start with a positive I quite enjoyed the art work in this graphic novel It s simple and mostly done in sketch lines, and I loved the layout, with lots of empty space.I really didnt like this novel though The first quarter of the book seems to be focused on the main character getting ready for work in the morning, and this is described in so much detail that I quickly lost interest I really don t need to read about someone s make up routine or what she does and doesn t like to drink, yet a full page was centered around either of those things The same goes for a full page centering her peeing dog This all just seemed irrelevant and completely uninteresting to me, and it had me impatient for the book to actually start Don t get me wrong I fully understand this as an attempt to provide insight in the smaller and bigger types of oppression women face in their day to day life The detailed descriptions of her own life seem to be a way for the author to humanize herself to the reader I just didn t think this had the intended effect.I mainly just disagree with some of the views the author shares For instance, she says that women in public are either seen as desirable and as such, are visible , which comes with a constant vage sense of threat This is a good point But she also says the other side of that medal, so to speak, is to be seen as undesirable and invisible, and this causes loneliness I don t agree with this at all Of course everyone has a different experience, and I understand the point the author is trying to make, but I think she missed the main issue with this It s not undesirability in itself that s harmful because god forbid not being noticed by strangers will make you feel lonely It s people thinking women s right to be respected is tied to how desirable the world finds them.I think what I mostly didn t appreciate was the sort of internalized misogyny fatphobia whatever the fuck it was, that made the author constantly emphasize how important it is to her to feel desirable, and making several assumptions about every other woman also wanting to feel desirable which just felt really aphobic to me, because no thanks, desire feels so gross to me She even talked about risking fatness at one point This is such a judgy and exclusionary vies, and it should be challenged Women s worth as people does NOT come from their thinness or desirability, and if even books that are promoted for being feminist buy into the notion that it does, then the bar is just way too low She keeps going on describing fatness as synonymous to undesirability throughout the rest of the novel And to make matters worse, I don t read books by men is one of the biggest White Feminist takes I ve seen in a while Like, you don t read books by men AT ALL Sure, don t read white allocishet men if you want, but what about marginalized men Ugh This was made even worse when she said something about finding anal sex violent and violating , which is such a homophobic thing to say CWs rape, sexual abuse, misogyny, homophobia not challenged , aphobia not challenged , fatphobia not challenged , alcoholism

  3. says:

    Thank you to Abrams ComicArts for giving me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review ABOUT THE AUTHOR Erin Williams is a writer, illustrator, and researcher living in New York She s the coauthor of The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People and The Big Activity Book for Anxious People THE FEMALE FACE OF SHAME In her book, Erin talks about an uncomfortable reality and the way she accepted the truth about herself Erin represents many women who have experienced exactly the same thing Almost every woman has been taken advantage of by some guy and after she felt shame And now, Erin ecourages these women to talk freely about that subject She tells us that it is natural to feel this way, but she also says that we should stand up for ourselves There is something intriguing about the power of women that makes them so unique SEXUAL OBJECTIFICATION OF WOMEN There is one big, ugly truth Men view women as sex objects No matter how much we try to reject that fact, it just exists It s our reality and the author of this book shows us that Erin tells us her story about relationships with guys Each one of them saw her as a sex object This sexual objectification reflects on her self image in a way that she was constantly searching for male approval She invites guy to come over her place, but she doesn t feel anything IT IS OKAY TO STAND UP FOR YOURSELF Many women do not talk about female shame or any kind of abuse Women are raped, treated badly, or were neglected and some of them just remain silent about that They think it is something natural the way it should be The truth is that it is NOT natural and it should NEVER be like that They deserve much, much better things and Commute is all about that The author wants us women to be united and always support each other OVERALL I really enjoyed reading this book and it was so emotional experience for me Just the way Erin talks about her battles freely is so uncomfortable for me, and I admire her for her strength It takes a lot of courage to talk about your life openly, especially when you have been through so much I also loved the illustration in the book and I can t wait to order the final copy it will be printed in color and I am beyond excited Also, this book is not for young readers because there is some explicit content I definitely recommend this book to adult readers who like to read self help books.

  4. says:

    Damn, I really thought I was going to love this But I m now halfway through and just can t bear another 150 pages of it, so it s a DNF I thought it was going to be along the lines of Maria Stoian s Take it as a Compliment , which I loved But it s largely about the protagonist going about her dull morning routine while thinking about the various unpleasant heterosexual men she s known Which is fine I guess But not something I m that into Basically the point of the book is that heterosexual women can choose to be desirable and visible, or undesirable and invisible Which, again fine I guess But the missing phrase here is TO HETEROSEXUAL MEN Desirable TO HETEROSEXUAL MEN or invisible TO HETEROSEXUAL MEN There are examples in the book where the protagonist talks to or interacts with women but I guess they don t count Or the women only talk to her because they desire her It s unclear There s also a fair amount of fatphobia, which wouldn t necessarily be a problem if it was being engaged with and critiqued But instead the protagonist mentions the worry about overeating because then she will risk fatness and undesirability , as if they re the same thing And yeah, if you re going to unpack it and analyse it, fine But it doesn t feel right to just say fatphobic shit and then never examine it Generally the protagonist is difficult to spend time with because she comes across as very judgemental and pretentious, which again is fine if you re going to examine that Occasionally there s a page like when she fucks over her good friend for a men under a massive picture that says FEMINIST pages like that suggest some self reflection or self critique But every other time, the judgement and snobbery goes unexamined I really wanted to like this, and I think it could have been a very good book with a little thought and analysis As it is, I m going to re read Take it as a Compliment instead.

  5. says:

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review The concept of this book was wonderful, however, the execution left a lot to b desired The art style freaked me out a little bit, but I know that s a very subjective thing However, some of the illustrations looked like chicken scratch without any effort put in.The chronology was also very strange, in that 1 4 of the book was just talking about her morning routine and then she kept relating everything to her sexual assault Which I get it, that s the point, but it was starting to feel a little bit awkward.Also, I was not warned that there were going to be graphic illustrations of genitalia, which I can normally handle, but it definitely caught me off guard, and I think warnings for that especially in graphic novels are VERY important Finally, there was a lot of fatphobia and talking about wanting to be beautiful and losing weight and whatnot, and that definitely also rubbed me the wrong way I wanted to like this book, but it definitely fell short.

  6. says:

    Wrong book, wrong day There may be some good points in here about the cover topic of female shame, but early on the author declares that she is an alcoholic and much of the book recounts her shitty and drunken interactions with shitty men during a time when she was her shittiest person A lot of who I am today is defined by the infinite resentment I hold toward the alcoholics in my life, and reading about this one today caught me off guard and really pissed me off I read most of the new graphic novels that come into the library and rarely bother to look at anything except the front cover before I begin reading I may have glanced at the short description on Goodreads weeks or months before, but will have usually forgotten it before turning to the first page So through this prism, the whole book came off like one of those godawful courtroom scenes where the author is simultaneously the victim of sexual assault and the asshole defense lawyer whose lead off question is, What were you wearing that night What should be straightforward just became a muddle The thing that made the most sense to me in the book was the analogy late in the book about the author looking for oranges at a gas station, and I don t think nearly enough time was spent unpacking the implications of that.

  7. says:

    1.5 StarsWow This was not at all what I was expecting and was actually pretty terrible I get what the author was trying to do She was trying to show the struggles that women have in today s society But it was so stereotyped, it wasn t believable The author comes across as a misandrist, homophobic and fatphobic She constantly talks about how she, at 125 pounds is fat and therefore undesirable, and if you weren t desirable to men you were invisible and not worthy very harmful for some people to read , how anal sex was violent and violating homophobic, and also, her opinion, not a fact and there was a comment about how she never read anything from male authors, and her over generalization of men based on her few experiences of how men treated her misandry On top of that, the art was just not my style and I found it jarring.I applaud the author for her candor and honesty in revealing these intimate details of her life and her story But this came across as anger, instead of providing a solution to the problem It was just a rant.CW homophobia, fatphobia, alcoholism, rape, assault, misandry, drug abuse, sexual abuse, graphic illustrations of genetalia,

  8. says:

    NetGalley ARC.Warning There are graphic drawings just human anatomy but still that I was not prepared for You ve been warned.I appreciate what the author was trying to do but I just couldn t relate to much of anything This is her personal diary basically I ve never had a problem with alcohol I don t live in the city, I m not often on the subway, I ve never been in much of the situations she s been in I m glad to feel invisible in crowds or with strangers, it doesn t make me feel lonely Maybe because I have someone to go home to, who makes me feel visible and desirable And that correlation I don t care for As a woman in public you re either visible and desirable or invisible and not desirable Nahhh I think you re pegging all men to being one way and that s not true Also, apparently being fat means you re not desirable and that s pretty rude and bullshit And the author is a pretty self destructive, self sabotaging person So most of the book made me sad For her, for her experiences, for some of the men she dated Also, I can t get behind I don t read men Uhh yeah okay But if a man said I don t read women he would be raked over the coals And of rape, I just don t know where the line of responsibility is drawn Every rape instance is different from the previous one, not just in Erin s book life but literally EVERY SINGLE rape instance They re not all black and white she was drugged and he raped her situations Those are so much less now We as women have to be responsible for our own actions and our own mistakes too We can t just regret something and call it something else I know that hardly happens but I m not going down the rabbit hole of examples I m not explaining myself well and I don t know that I can explain myself I can t find the right words and am going to get myself in trouble because I can t figure out how to say what I mean

  9. says:

    Wow I am floored by the brave and honest truth in this book Erin Williams tells an unflinching reality about herself and sadly many, many women I can identify all too well with her story Perhaps not to the degree but yes, had a few similar experiences, being taken advantage of by guys then feeling the shame Finally women are talking about this openly.I m amazed at how forceful and direct this author wrote and illustrated her life story She is unflinching and it is uncomfortable It is what is necessary and needed When the book comes out in color it will be all that powerful I hope men will read this, but I have a feeling very few will, especially the men who do this, did this, who should see what their behavior does, and how it lingers years and decades later I received a free print copy of this book at a library conference I was not required to write a review, but felt like it and, of course, the above opinions are my own.

  10. says:

    Erin Williams is a writer and illustrator living in New York She is the author and artist who has produced this wonderful graphic novel Commute An Illustrated memoir of female shame.She uses the daily journey to and from work to highlight what it is to be a woman The simple act which can become a daily chore for women who can be left uncomfortable by male attention Lustful stares, inappropriate touching and the whole aspect of being objectified Yet the piece of writing is far than a simple narrative or feminine rant It is less of a diary and a cathartic outpouring of emotion, guilt, shame, inappropriate choice, substance abuse, collusion and personal responsibility.However it conveys with a great deal of openness, graphic drawings, charm and wit, a naked, broken self that needed restoration not just another failed relationship Here, it seems as though she uses the journey to unpack her failed life She flits between previous sexual encounters, drunken liaisons and the men who have belittled, abused and damaged her psyche.It is a chilling read for her honesty and the dark recollections are unsettling.As a reader you have nowhere to hide, as a male you feel a predator and part of the story that would devalue and cheapen her experiences.I loved the illustrations and the feeling it was her outpouring of all of herself that arrested your eyes and captured your attention on each speech bubble of her struggle and her reality as a woman.Her writing is so frank and revealing that you cannot be anything other than engaged in this revelation of skewed values, yet survival in the face of violence and self destruction.So the commute can be seen as a metaphor of female reality and oppression, common to all who are seen for their sexuality in the first instance But it is also the familiar trip to and from work that allows her mind to wander and relate a lifetime of disenfranchisement and where in relationships consent was rarely sought or given How she has stopped punishing herself in this, why she has stopped listening to the male voices that put her down and how she started to live.In this vicarial dialogue and record of a life laid bare we feel a shared journey.It is a difficult read as it is so dark, bleak and candid but it is a journey to wholeness and for that experience alone it is a book that validates.

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