'Bringing up women's issues can have a very strong reaction online. The loudest voices prevent these issues from being discussed openly.'
Editor's Note: This article was originally published on May 6, 2022. It has since been updated.
When artist Xan started illustrating her everyday life experiences through her Promptlypaneled comics, she wanted to capture the essence of what she goes through as a woman in the 21st century. As it turns out, her seemingly boring everyday life comics—showing the good, the bad and the weird—perfectly represent the modern-day woman, who is still fighting for equal rights and basic respect. "I tend to make comics based on my own experiences. Working as a server, being a woman, dealing with (the aftermath of) the pandemic... I'm an unapologetic feminist and as such, if I had to pick one overarching theme, it's an ever-present veil of feminism," Xan told Bored Panda.
"Generally, I think there will always be a need to showcase women-centric struggles. The internet can be a very hostile space, and it seems to get worse every passing day. 'Being a woman' isn't considered the social norm, despite making up 50% of the population, and because of that, a woman's voice is easily drowned out online. Even with my comics, people often assume I'm a man, even though the character is clearly not. I'd love for us as a society to move forward to a world where being online does not automatically mean being a man," she continued.
"Bringing up women's issues can have a very strong reaction online. The loudest voices don't make up the majority of actual opinions, but they serve to keep women down and quiet, preventing these issues from being discussed openly. And if we don't talk about something, it goes unnoticed. That's no way to live. A simple comic is easy to read, easy to share and easy to relate to. In that way, I think they can help in getting a discussion started. Even if that means some people bring in a lot of negativity. Let them! It's part of the progress," Xan stated.
Here are 25 of our favorite Promptlypaneled comics from Xan: