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Brushstrokes: Dear Sex-Ed Textbook

A screenshot from Robot Hugs' comic. The background is purple and has a figure wearing a darker purple shirt and grey pants. Their hair is green and they are looking curiously and confusedly at the illustration of the female reproductive system to their left. The figure of the reproductive system is coloured in light and dark shades of pink and has a black question mark in the middle. The text, to the right of the figure, says "But I am already whole and complete, and I am not full of empty spaces."

As always, Robot Hugs lovingly and insightfully examines the give-and-take between who we are and our larger cultural environment. What we study, read, watch, and witness shapes our ideas as well as lends us the vocabulary with which we are able to understand and express ourselves in a way that brings out who we truly are. Drawing from a seemingly objective lesson in reproductive anatomy and experience of sexuality, Robot Hugs gives us a glimpse into the doubts and confusions they grappled with while growing up, and unravels the tightly wound preconceptions in culture influenced by, and at the same time, influencing scientific and medical imagination.


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