How about NO! Learning with Medusa
”How about NO!” is a graphic book with 3D elements made to; educate young teenage girls in India about consent and its importance, teach them about victim blaming and how that has been an issue since centuries, help them feel empowered and start a conversation about it.
Coming from India, I have heard and seen stories of rape and sexual assault on news every other day. I have seen it being talked about so much on the news, yet not enough to be taught in schools to the younger generations.
Unlike Sweden, we have no sex education taught in schools in India and often younger girls find themselves in uncomfortable situations because of that. This book aims to use the Greek Gorgon Medusa’s real story as a metaphor, to show what often happens in the society today.
In my project, I have explored questions like:
- Should students be taught about about victim blaming and consent in school?
- How can younger girls be educated in a way to feel empowered to fight back if they happen to be in an uncomfortable situation?
- How can I as a visual communicator get my message across without being very direct or triggering people?
Topics like consent are not commonly talked about in the society and through my project, I want to start a conversation about such topics because it is important that we address these issues more.
Often cases of sexual assault go unreported because of the prevailing practice of victim blaming and not enough information being spread in the society. My book is a way to bring that little change by addressing and emphasising these issues which are common but uncomfortable to talk about.
Click HERE to read the pdf of the book!