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Sólo es un piropo. Un libro sobre el acoso

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“Estos veinte relatos sobre acoso y violencia sexual resultan perturbadores e irritantes, y se nos revelan como poderosos testimonios de supervivencia tristemente familiares. Stoian es una artista camaleónica, que adapta su estilo
y uso de color para cada historia.” - Publishers Weekly

Después de recopilar por medio de entrevistas en línea testimonios de víctimas de acoso se
Paperback, 100 pages
Published 2017 by Océano Historias Gráficas (first published 2016)
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Elysia I think it is an extremely important book to have in a high school library to educate teenagers on unhealthy relationships, assault and abuse; but I…moreI think it is an extremely important book to have in a high school library to educate teenagers on unhealthy relationships, assault and abuse; but I would be cautious as it could potentially be quite triggering to students who have experienced assault and abuse (possibly put a sticker or note on the cover of the book that warns of potential triggers). That said, I think it would be quite beneficial to students, especially girls and women, in providing them with validation and the courage to speak out about their experiences and against sexism. (less)
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Parthiban Sekar
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Parthiban by: Anya
Shelves: comics
Reading this book has been quite a traumatic experience, as the description says "Each experience is brought to life by Maria Stoian's exceptional artwork”. If you don’t even have a slightest idea of what the experience here might refer to, let me tell you what it is…


Little girl in a big bad world!*

There was this lone, little girl in a crowded bus on her way back home. Not all too lone. She had her innocent, candy-chewing companions in that sweltering, metallic fun ride. But, little did she kno
Alexis Ayala
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tengo que decir que llegué a este libro por el simple hecho de que amo las novelas gráficas, y comúnmente las leo para salir de una cruda literaria. No llegue a el porque me interesara leer sobre el tema, siendo plenamente sincero, lo primero que pensé cuando vi este libro fue: "Que bueno que le están dando voz a quienes lo necesitan" pero después, por cierta incredulidad que a veces tengo, pensé de mala gana: "Supongo que es otro libro feminista". Pasaron días y no me quería quedar con la espin ...more
TRIGGER WARNING- Rape, domestic abuse, sexual assault.

I am so, so spitting enraged right now. I finished reading it last night and I was so angry that I couldn’t find the words. It’s been a little less than 24 hours and I still can’t find the words to explain how ashamed I am to live in a world such as this.

Take It as a Compliment consists of 20 vignettes where men and women share stories of various sexual harassments that have happened to them. These stories are depicted in such a stark and m
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This graphic novel was meant to be one of the Feminist Orchestra book club's reads for July, but as soon as it arrived in the post I knew I had to read it straight away. This is a powerful depiction of sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual assault that thankfully covers both sexes, and one that I strongly believe should be required reading for all young people. The stories are heartbreaking, shocking, and arresting, but told in a very accessible way. Although the art style was not necessarily my ...more
Liz Janet
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the title, this is not a book advocating for men and women to take sexual assault as a compliment, instead it shows very clearly that any form of putting undesired hands on someone else is a crime, and should be treated as one. It is a form of fighting the rape culture placed upon us, and why we should all join to destroy it. It might be their story now, but it could soon be ours. Statistically, it is possible, and I want to avoid other people going through similar circumstances. This is ...more
David Schaafsma
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gn-sex, gn-women
A series of (22) stories by Stoian based on stories she gathered from a variety of sources about experiences (mostly) women have had pertaining to sexual violence, public sexual harassment, domestic abuse and assault. The stories are often very minimal, short, just getting at moments ranging from public groping to rape, in an emotional range of discomfort to full-on rage. Usually it is guy who think that they can do anything they want with women and girls, so since I have boys I am going to shar ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Re-read in: July 2016.

*ARC / review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thanks again*
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lydia by: Katie
I'm crying.

This is such a powerful graphic novel. All of these stories are so raw, and so real, and I wish I didn't relate to so many of them. I hope that the people who contributed to this piece feel some sense of closure or validation or found compassion after they shared their stories.

Rape culture is a thing. Rape is a thing. Harassment is a thing. After the video of that woman walking around the streets of New York in a t-shirt for ten hours, I shared my experiences with street harassment be
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
Take It as a Compliment is a graphic novel featuring several short stories reflecting real life sexual abuse/harassment, domestic and child abuse. It is disturbing and you should be prepared before reading it.

I am shocked to realize one of the scenarios feels all too familiar. In my teens I was walking on the street and a boy on a bicycle passing by smacked my behind. I turned, but he was already riding away, looking back with a smile on his face. I didn't know what to do at the moment and I fel
IzamaRi H. Fabela
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Una novela gráfica pequeña pero con gran impacto.

(I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review)

Trigger warning: harassment, sexual and physical abuse, rape

Take It as a Compliment is a book about shame and fear and trauma, but mostly shame. About the shame people experience when they are the victims of unwanted sexual attention, the shame of speaking out, the shame of knowing that there is always someone ready to blame victims for their own abuse.

It collects the real stories of real victims
Books like this are SO important. I have had so many similar experiences to the ones in this book and the amount of times I've been told things like "he was only joking", "well, what were you wearing?" "Sure he was drunk" and "relax, don't be so uptight" etc is unbelievable. If someone does something that makes you uncomfortable you shouldn't have to fight to get people to believe that it wasn't your fault. If a guy or girl does something that makes you uncomfortable and you tell them to stop an ...more
Javiera Paz
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
20 historias gráficas, a modo de cómic, que dan a conocer diversos tipos y niveles de acoso sexual. Mujeres, hombres, niños, niñas, en la vía pública, en el trabajo, en la intimidad de una relación, etc. Historias sencillas pero que impactan. No me cabe en la cabeza cómo es posible que existe gente en el mundo que no respete un "no".
Atikah (Oh, Hello Books!)
At first, I was hesitant to request this graphic novel on NetGalley because I know it’d be disturbing and uncomfortable to read. And obviously, this graphic novel turns out to be NOT AN EASY READ.

First of all, these are not made up stories. They are REAL, and they were mostly submitted online anonymously. We are all aware that all these acts happen commonly in real life, and it saddens me to even just think about it. These acts are ugly and gross. And we shouldn’t turn a blind eye and act like n
Carolina GO
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
No sé cómo describir esta novela gráfica. Siento que está mal decir: "me gustó", porque el tema que toca es, para mí, muy fuerte. Las ilustraciones son una maravilla. En esta novela encontraremos los diferentes tipos de acoso y es sorprendente lo enferma que está lo sociedad, en verdad es muy triste. Denle la oportunidad a esta novela, lo recomiendo.
Alejandra Arévalo
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maria Stoian recopiló diversas historias de abuso y las ilustró de forma maravillosa. Muchas de la historias aquí contadas ni siquiera tienen texto pero al verlas inmediatamente las entiendes y te duelen. La selección que hizo Stoian pareciera ser adecuada para que en muchas de ellas nos identifiquemos. Es fuerte y es verdad.
Malcolm Everett
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, net-galley
This comic will make you mad. It will make you sick. It will make you depressed. It will make you vengeful.

If you ever think that you are somehow deserving of abuse, don’t believe it. That is the lie that abusers use to justify their own pathetic lack of empathy. Whether you’re dating or married, sex should always be consensual; anyone who claims there’s an obligation can go fuck themselves.

If any of the experiences in this book feel familiar to you, speak out. You are not weak. Strength comes
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, netgalley, graphic

And if you are in any doubt whatsoever, then please read this book. It is important.

If you are already aware of our deadly descent into rape culture then please still read this book. Please hear these peoples' stories. This graphic short collection puts together the stories of individuals who have been subject to sexual harassment, abuse, and violence; people of all ages, races, and genders.

The artwork is absolutely stunning and also incredibly hard-hitting and emotion
Berna Labourdette
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel, bpd
Historias cortas en cómic basadas en hechos reales de acoso o abuso sexual (tanto a hombres como a mujeres, hetero y homosexuales, en su mayoría niños o adolescentes). Las historias son muy breves y presentan el acoso tal cómo sucedió, no hay espacio para las metáforas, aunque sí mucho espacio para las emociones que dejaron estos sucesos por años. Los colores elegidos (vibrantes y dinámicos) son un buen contraste con la mayoría de las historias, que van desde el desconcierto, el absurdo hasta la ...more
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book contains many stories about sexual harassment, abuse and rape. Some of the perpetrators are foreigners and some of them are friends. Most of the times, the victim is a woman.

The stories are both scary and very important to discuss, because it will take much effort to change the attitudes towards women. The book also includes a few stories about men being harassed, which of course should be taken seriously, but it is not as big a structural problem as the sexist structure that somehow se
Elizabeth A
Book blurb: Bringing together the voices of males and females of all ages, the stories in this collective graphic memoir reflect real life experiences of sexual abuse, violence and harassment.

What I did not know going into this graphic novel is that it is a collection of experiences, and that each vignette was not fictional, but in fact represented something that actually happened to the people in this collection. That would have been useful information to have at the start of the book instead o
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quick important read about rape. Sexual assault. Harassment. The stories are real and were anonymously sent in or were from held interviews. The stories are illustrated in many different types of styles.
Stewart Tame
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This took a while to get through, not because it's particularly long or complex, but because I had to keep putting it down and walking away for a bit. Twenty tales of people who, well, basically couldn't take, “No,” for an answer. The stories run from outright rape to more subtle mental games. Most, but not all, feature female protagonists. All were drawn from first person accounts, most submitted online anonymously. Stoian uses a variety of styles and drawing techniques to tell these stories, s ...more
A powerful collection Stoian has collected in graphic format, illustrating recountings of sexual abuse, violence and harassment across age and gender, and the impact they had on their victims. A challenging work that has personally sparked several discussions for me.
Julie lit pour les autres
Une série de vignettes percutantes sur le harcèlement et la violence conjugale et sexuelle. A partir de témoignages bouleversants d’hommes et de femmes, l’auteure a élaboré une série de très courts récits, des micro-nouvelles graphiques si l’on veut, qui frappent au cœur. La brièveté des récits démontre admirablement bien l’ampleur de la dévastation. Le choix des couleurs et le style graphique de l’auteure sont extrêmement efficaces. Très réussi. A mettre dans les mains de son entourage et à dis ...more
Parker Jensen
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book and its stories are SO IMPORTANT. (and the art is gorgeous)
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fuerte y totalmente necesario.
Las ilustraciones comunican muy bien
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reseña completa en Sweet Darkness:

Una de las denuncias del libro (y algo que voy a resaltar y que lo aplaudo) es que se incluyen también historias de acoso que han sufrido hombres.

Cualquiera puede ser acosado y agredido.

Vivimos en una sociedad donde, ante una situación de acoso, nadie hace nada. Y esto es algo que se comenta en varios relatos de este libro. Relatos reales de personas que sufrieron situaciones de este tipo en diferentes entornos y a diferentes edades, sin sa
This was so hard to read.

But so, so important.

From the description:

Bringing together the voices of males and females of all ages, the stories in this collective graphic memoir reflect real life experiences of sexual abuse, violence and harassment.

This is the kind of thing that we need to help people understand how truly prevalent abuse is.

It's ugly, and it's gross, so we like to turn a blind eye.

But we can't.

The problem is, those who perpetrate this kind of evil (yes, I said evil) are insi
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a striking book. Told in short one to three page vignettes, these are stories of subtle attack and abuse, and rape. These things happen to men and women, old and young, fat and thin. Often there is same in the victim, and this is how the story is told.

It is a too often told story, but this way, in comic form, it is told in an accessible way, for all to see, and feel and learn. This is one of the opening stories, below.

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There were other stories I would have liked to have shown, but there
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