The political leanings of the Smurf community.
Fact or fiction.
The writing is on the wall, but you be the judge

See the similarities in the giant bronze statues for the minions to worship and whats this I see
a smurf with a hammer and one with a sickle?!? Coincidence? I think not!

The Smurfs were never violent to one another, they never swore, and to the best of my knowledge there was never any nudity in the Smurf village. Children and parents alike were lulled into complacency by this seeming Smurf-topia, only to be blinded to a harsher reality. The Smurfs were communists!

Smurfian Communism.

The Smurfs is about an entire society and its interactions with itself and with outsiders, rather than the adventures of just a few characters. Hence I believe it is, in short, a political fable, in much the same way that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was a fable about Christianity. Rather than Christianity, however, The Smurfs is about Marxism.

Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto is an excellent source of supporting evidence for the Smurf communism theory. Consider communism as just a way of life, a social order, an economic standpoint, a lifestyle choice. The Smurfs live together in a small communal village, occasionally retiring to their mushroom huts; no Smurf ever leaves, and no new ones ever arrive (much like life behind the iron curtain?). The Smurf village is an independent city-state of sorts, and every citizen is fiercely devoted to preserving the harmony of the entire community. In the Manifesto, Marx says, "In this sense the theory of the Communists may be summed up in a simple sentence: Abolition of private property." Well, all Smurf lands and territories belonged to all of the Smurfs, and there was no way in Hell that any single Smurf could even think of getting away with claiming a plot of land for himself or his own personal benefit or profit.

Communism is built on the idea that no man is better or worse off than any other. Private business is disallowed and all workers work to benefit the country as a whole. In the Smurfs village all of the smurfs have their own individual jobs to do. No Smurf is regarded as being better than any other smurf. These jobs benefited everyone in the community. The Smurfs have no currency and every thing is shared equally between them. It is nearly impossible to tell one smurf from another. This demonstrated the idea of total equality and that every member of the society was as important as the others. Communists were often depicted as using violence as a way to sort out their problems and get what they want. In keeping with that portrayal the Smurfs have no qualms about using their "Magic Dust" to stop people aggressing against them or to retrieve an object which they desire.

The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx, calls for a classless society. A society where all means of production are controlled by the people, where no one select group, the bourgeois, can control the jobs and the money thereby controlling the workers, the proletarians. In the Soviet Union, dictator Joseph Stalin instigated a series of five year plans, these plans consolidated small peasant farms into large collective farms owned by the government.

The Smurfs all wore the same uniform, white hats, white pants, white shoes. It is a general work uniform, and with the distinctive caps and blue skin, is highly reminiscent of the so-called Mao Suit, common in Maoist China. Every Smurf alike in every way. Thus succeeding in one of the goals set forth in the preamble of the Soviet Union's Constitution.

The Smurf Village as a Marxist Utopia:

The Smurf Village itself can be compared to an utopian socialist commune or collective. It is self-reliant, and the land is not owned by individuals, but is occupied or inhabited by the entire collective of Smurfs.

In the Smurf Village, there was no police, no military, no independent businesses, everyone worked for the collective good. A prime example is the large Dam on the river Smurf that all the smurfs helped in its building and repairing.

The Smurfs shared everything. Food and provisions were stored in the communal mushroom-shaped huts and were distributed in equal portions to each and every Smurf throughout the year.

In one episode a sudden frost settles over the forest, the fresh crop of smurfberries is destroyed leaving the Smurfs with a low stock of food. Faced with starvation, Papa Smurf declares that all food will be rationed until the next crop of smurfberries is ready to be harvested. One night, while the peace loving villagers share their equally divided kernel of corn, it is discovered that Greedy Smurf, the baker, has an undeclared stock of food. Soon after, the village, led by Papa Smurf, storms Greedy's house and empty all his supplies of food. Not only is he now an outcast, he is beaten with a floorboard pulled up from his own house. Breaking the fundamental rules of communism is not taken lightly and such dissidents are punished in the Smurf village.

Farmer Smurf didn't sell his crops to individual Smurfs; it was understood that whatever he grew was for everyone, not for the profit of a single individual Smurf. Each Smurf worked for the common good, another principle of Marx's: Baker Smurf was the universal chef, feeding hungry Smurf mouths, Handy Smurf was there for whoever needed a shelf built or screw tightened, etc.

Despite their different professions/distinctions, the Smurfs are all completely equal. Thus, while the occupations of certain Smurfs, such as Farmer, Handy and Greedy, are more important than others, such as Clumsy, Grouchy, or Lazy, there is no feeling that certain Smurfs are superior or inferior to others because of their work, or level of skill, because ultimately, everyone is a Smurf first.

No Smurf considered his or her labours to be exploited by another. It was understood that all that their work was done was done for the entire Smurf population, not for the sale or profit of one Smurf alone.

Economically, the Smurf Village is closed-market. There is no money, and all possessions are communal - property of the collective. The only exception is for what is required for that smurf's job/role in the community e.g. Brainy's books, Hefty's weights and Vanity's mirror. Everyone is equally a worker and an owner. The Smurfs reject the idea of a free-market economy, with its greed and inequities, and the collective is more important and valuable than the individual. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. John Lennon asked us to 'imagine no possessions'. The Smurf Village achieves that goal. In fact, many of the ideas expressed in that song are reality in the Village.

A fundamental theorem of Marx's Scientific Socialism as stated in the Communist Manifesto is "from each his ability and to each his needs." Take note that each smurf does the job that he is suited for i.e. Farmer grows the Smurfberries, and baker bakes all of the Smurfberry pies. Yet all of the smurfs get all that they need. In fact the smurfs do not use money or even bother to barter.

Whatever their position in the village, be it Painter or Baker, they were allowed only that position and having multiple functions in society was completely out of the question. One episode depicted the Smurfs switching jobs. Vanity Smurf tried to paint, Poet Smurf tried to build, etc. The results were absolutely disastrous. The moral of that episode was "Stick to what you do best" or to put it in more communistic terms, do the job you have been assigned and don't ask any questions. Another episode depicted the arrival of a new Smurf (Out-of-town Smurf?,) but he was promptly ousted because he had nothing of value to contribute to the common good of the village.

In the tradition of pure Marxism, the Smurf Village is atheist. There is no Priest Smurf, they only follow the forces of nature and physics through the magic potions of Papa Smurf and the evil villain Gargamel.

Smurfs always refer to one another with the title Smurf; Brainy Smurf, Jokey Smurf, Papa Smurf, etc. This alludes to how communist Russians referred to one another as comrades instead of elitist titles.

All the Smurfs were the same color and sang the same song everywhere they went - stressing their Smurfy unity. The singing of such songs was also practiced in the Soviet Union conditioning the listener to the glory of the state and successes of their nation.

The Main Smurf Characters

Take a look at the man in charge of the Smurfs, Papa Smurf. Consider the similarities in appearance between Karl Marx, the founder of the communist ideals, and Papa Smurf. Could this be a subtle attempt to get the Smurf watching public used to the sight of the Father of Modern communism. In Soviet Russia, large posters depicting Karl Marx were carried in parades celebrating communism. Similar images can be seen later in this article.
As the leader, Papa Smurf is the only one who stands out of the group. His red clothing and facial hair separate him from the clean shaven, white clad citizens of Smurf Village. Red is used to symbolize the colour of communism and the revolution to Russians, hence the red flag, Red Square and Red Army.

It is also interesting to note that while Papa smurf wears red all of the other smurfs wore white. In the 1918 revolution that resulted in the replacement of the Czarist government by the Communist party, there were two Communist factions battling for control, the reds and the whites. In the end the Bolsheviks (reds) won and became the ruling class in Communist Russia. Is it not an odd coincidence that Papa smurf, the ruling member of the Smurf community, wears red while the others all wear white?
He is not so much the leader of the Smurfs as an equal revered by the others for his age and wisdom. He has a beard, as did Marx, and thus could conceivably be a caricature as well. And lastly, he wears red, which is the traditional colour of socialism.

Consider the Smurfs portrayed in a positive light.

Hefty Smurf is the soldier, the enforcer of Smurf Village. His job is to fight to protect the village and keep the other Smurfs from harm. Hefty is a stereotypical KGB agent. He is the secret police. Hefty is what keeps the independent thought at bay. He keeps the other Smurfs in terror of what will happen if they disobey Papa Smurf. Hefty's strength is not only used to enforce Papa Smurf's will. It is also used to build and construct, for manual labour. Hefty is the ideal soldier/worker, solid, loyal to the cause and will not ask questions.
Handy Smurf is the worker, the embodiment of Marx's proletarian. Handy is a builder, an inventor, an engineer. He does all of these things, and is still only given the same amount as every other Smurf. Granted, under true communism, he would not have to do as much, but he is a good communist and will do everything in his power to advance the people and their lives.

Also look at which smurfs contribute nothing to their society and are therefore portrayed negatively. Their names read like a who's who from the seven deadly sins; Greedy (gluttony or greed), Grouchy (wrath), Vanity (himself).

Another of the Smurfs negatively portrayed is Brainy Smurf. He is the only Smurf who openly undermines the Smurf state. With his round spectacles, he bears a striking resemblance to one of Lenin's high ranking officials, Trotsky (pictured below left - no right.. damn they are freakishly similar).

Trotsky, seemed to be the natural successor to Lenin. Just as Brainy seems the natural successor to Papa Smurf. Trotsky's claim to Lenin's position seemed to be based more on appearance than substance. Having joined the Bolshevik party on the eve of the October coup, and criticizing Lenin and his followers for years, he remained an outsider to the party's innermost circle. While Trotsky was a member of the Politburo, the committee in charge of making policy for the party, he was never an executive. Brainy Smurf, while often put in a position of power, often had less say then Hefty or Handy. While Trotsky was head of the country's armed forces he demanded unquestioned obedience to himself. Brainy Smurf shares these megalomaniacal tendencies.

Trotsky's ideas conflicted with those of Stalin and other high ranking communists. Like him, Brainy Smurf too questions the smurf ideals and is one of the few unhappy smurfs.

He is isolated and ridiculed by the other smurfs or even ejected from the village for his ideas. Likewise Trotsky was ridiculed by Stalin who soon fell out of favor with the party and was forced into exile.

Brainy Smurf, at the end of nearly every episode, is thrown out of Smurf Village. Not exiled, but thrown out, with intention for physical damage, ergo assassination.

Take a look at Vanity Smurf. (pictured left)

Is he not a homosexual? Continually in the smurf society Vanity was put down. This was to indicate to the people that in communist dictatorships, homosexuality would not be tolerated.

Vanity Smurf can also be seen as the Soviet view of a stereotypical capitalist member of the bourgeoisie. Vanity is constantly doing everything in his power to improve his appearance, even at the cost of the rest of the village.

This leads to Poet and Painter Smurfs. They are not mentioned in every episode, merely brought up once in a great while. These characters are placed to show the Soviet's view of such ideas as individualism. In the USSR, artists of all kinds were kept in camps, as to be watched for signs of dissent.

Smurfette, the only female in the Smurf village for the first few seasons, is the communal wife described by Marx in The Communist Manifesto. Marx states "The Communists have no need to introduce free love; it has existed almost from time immemorial".

Mixing politics and feminism. It is said that everyone in the Village was equal. In a sense, this is still true. In the beginning, it was all male, and Smurfette's introduction did not disrupt the patriarchal order. Thus, Smurfette is equal to the others politically, but not socially. Smurfette is definitely the 'object' of the male gaze. Since she is the object, the males are the subjects.

In an ideal, sexist, patriarchal state, women are not a part of the community. They do not occupy the 'public sphere' of work and the outside world, and they certainly do not work. Smurfette's main occupation seems to be standing around looking pretty, ie 'being the woman'. The diminutive suffix of 'ette', also identifies Smurfette as being not the equal of the males. She is the second sex.

In the Smurf Village, as in any communist society, having a vocation secures one's position of power and authority within the Smurf commune. Characters such as Handy Smurf and Farmer Smurf all have very definite responsibilities to their Smurf comrades, and appear certain in their knowledge that they have their place in society. Not giving Smurfette a job or title sends the message that she should agree to perform any assignment, chore, task, or perverted sex act that smurfs can dream up. Whether the task be to help save a fellow Smurf from Gargamel, or to take care of the adolescent Smurfs, Smurfette must rise to any and all occasions. Her unemployment directly correlates with her insignificance to the community and yet still be available should the need arise.

What the Smurf village would be like if the ratio of males to females was 50:50? One thing is certain, it would not be the same utopia. Perhaps this means that the ideal Marxist state can only truly operate when everyone is equal, including sexually.

The Smurfs biggest enemy was Gargamel, the representation of Capitalism in Smurf Land.

The evil antagonist wizard Gargamel represents the capitalist bourgeoisie attempting to exploit the proletariat smurfs for personal gain. In the first four or five seasons, Gargamel's master plan was to catch the Smurfs, boil them, and turn them into gold. So it is evident that Gargamel is the representation of the materialistic drive behind capitalism, to increase capital at any cost.
For some reason, in the later years, they started saying that he wanted to eat the poor blue creatures, but for the most part he wanted to turn them into gold. He sought only personal wealth and prosperity, the primary goal of all capitalists. He was completely indifferent to the ethical consequences of his actions, which would almost certainly result in the complete and utter destruction of the unity of the Smurf social order. Like any Adam Smith style capitalist, it is his 'natural' state to want as much money as he can get. There are 100 smurfs and Gargamel won't rest until he has them all, no less. Gargamel was greedy, egocentric, crazy old hermit with no real friends which creates a dramatic juxtaposition to the Smurfs, who shared and were concerned with the welfare of all their brethren. A definite statement about the anti-social effects of economic rationalism.

Also note that Gargamel looks not unlike a stereotypical person of the Jewish faith. Under the communist regime (during certain time periods) Jews were persecuted for, among other things, their love of money.

Gargamel's cat Azrael, depicts the working class in the ruthless, free-market system, where they are at the whim of their employers or possibly the the third world despotisms that are clinging onto the coattails of first world capitalistic nations trying to grab any scraps they can. Whichever it is, Azrael had no voice and he was only able to eat whatever Gargamel would feed him. Azrael had no where else to go and so he remained in the hands of his evil master.

Azreal is smaller and less well-off than Gargamel, and metaphorically, he represents the proletariat, while Gargamel represents the bourgeoise. Azrael is exploited and oppressed. He risks his life fighting and hunting for his master, and does not have the intellectual capacity to question this state of affairs, just as the worker suffered his fate for centuries because education was off limits to him, and he had no other option but to work for his bosses.

Gargamel owns his house and everything in it, including the capital of his alchemical equipment, in nothing like the way that the Smurfs own their village. If the same political structure existed at Gargamel's house, both he and Azrael would be equal owners, regardless of Gargamel's superior size, knowledge and skill. But Azrael owns nothing.

Gargamel and Azrael, also show the Soviet Union's contempt for religion, especially Judaism. Azrael, in Islamic and Jewish faiths, is known as the angel of death. Azrael is often identified with Gabriel in Jewish writings and Raphael in Islamic tomes. Such a highly religious figure that is portrayed as dangerous to the state. In the Soviet Union, religion was banned and Jews were persecuted under the rule of Stalin. He referred to them as "cosmopolitan" and thus wasteful.

Papa Smurf has the only official contact with the outside world, speaking on behalf of the smurfs and knowing how best to handle those characters outside the smurf village. Trouble isn't far behind when the outside world interfaces directly with one of the white clad smurf community - inevitably one of the less politically favoured ones like Dreamy Smurf or Lazy Smurf.

In a recently discovered cache of historic documents these two propaganda posters were uncovered. The one on the left appears to have been traced off to original in the right (or was it the other way around). Clearly there is a striking similarity. The Smurf village also looks rather like the Kremlin with its mushroom shaped domes. The similarities just keep coming!

Further evidence supporting the notion that Smurfs were Soviets are these assortment of episode titles compiled from Lenburg's Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. "The Smurf Who Couldn't Say No", "Greedy and the Porridge Pot", "The Cursed Country", and "Denisa's Greedy Doll" all are episodes aimed at slandering capitalism and America. Episodes like "Sir Hefty", "Good Neighbor Smurf", and "Hefty Sees a Serpent" promote the glorification of the worker, comradeship, and loyalty to the state. The Cold War is described in the episodes "The Kaplowey Scroll" a Smurf weapon of mass destruction, otherwise known as nuclear missiles. And "The Man On the Moon" a blatant statement of supposed Soviet superior space technology. In the last years of the television show, In the full sway of Perestroika and Glasnost, the episodes "Poet the Know-It-All" and "The Smurf Who Could Do No Wrong" were released. The former episode is a statement that while artists were allowed more freedom they should not become arrogant and defile the state. While the latter is an admission to the horrors committed by Stalin during the Great Purge.

The episode The King Smurf was the ultimate illustration of the Marxian conflict between the bad, oppressive kind of government, where greedy kings (and capitalists) exploited the population for their own ends; and the good, egalitarian political model Marx had formulated. In the episode, a militia is formed to overthrow Brainy, who has become King in Papa Smurf's absence, and utopian order is restored when Papa Smurf returns. In this instance, Papa Smurf, as Marx himself, represents the ideal form of Marxism restoring order and equality by putting everyone back to work.

In 1989, the Smurfs began to travel the world and accept different cultures, just as Gorbachev had done in the final days of the USSR. In 1990 the last new episode of the Smurfs was produced. Nearly two years later, Communism fell in the Soviet Union bringing democracy and President Boris Yeltsin.

All seemed perfect for the Smurfs, but in the late eighties the smurfs began changing, the smurflings, were introduced. They wore different clothes and more western costumes. Seems like the smurfs adopted more western values to risk from disappearing.

This western intrusion into the utopia of the Smurf Village, can only depict president Gorbachev's glasnot and perestoika era of reform which heralded the demise of the Soviet Union.

The similarities between this children's television show and the once vast Red Empire are much too striking to be a mere coincidence. Could this program, aimed to infiltrate and corrupt children's minds, be a plot set up by Soviet Intelligence? Perhaps we will never know.

I think we all recognize this evil salute.

Isolated Utopian Village said to be model for Communist society By Christian Bladt

Earlier this month, the CIA recently de-classified thousands of pages of documents from the Cold War era pertaining to what was referred to as "The Blue Menace". For decades, the US government has kept a watchful eye on a small village of mushroom-shaped homes nestled deep inside an enchanted forest that is touted as a Socialist Utopia. Now, for the first time we take an exclusive look at "The Smurf Files":

This village's blind faith in their leader is of great concern to us.

"The Smurf society is an unspoiled socialist utopia, and they are quite intent on preserving the utmost secrecy with regards to the location of their home. Smurfs never worry about their own safety and well-being, but, instead about how their actions directly affect the residents of the Smurf Village. They all work together, knowing that their position within this society directly corresponds to the amount of effort they put forth for the betterment of the society as a whole.

For the better part of the past century, Smurf society has been run by a hard-line Marxist known as Papa Smurf. Papa Smurf is the only Smurf in a red uniform, clearly distinguishing him as the cult of personality. Even though his patriarchal title seems to show that the Smurf Village is truly a family, it is really a patriarchal dictatorship, with the figurehead of this puppet government being Papa himself. He cares about them. He is the father. Everyone knows he is in charge, and will handle disputes and make decisions for the good of the society. His rule began by ousting the previous ruler, Grandpa Smurf, who spent decades banished to the wastelands of the forest. Recently, Papa Smurf allowed Grandpa to return to the society to live out his final years, under his late-1980s social reform policies of "smurf-nost" and "peri-smurf-a".

A great deal of Smurf ideology is instilled in this blue army through chants and songs that are recited whenever they are together in a group. The village holds regular events, in which all 100 Smurf citizens are required to dance exactly the same. Although they are billed as "fun" and "celebrations", these events are seen as more of an organized rally reinforcing Smurf way of life. When the Smurfs march by, everyone takes notice. Although it has been years since the Smurfs have faced any kind of armed conflict, their reputation precedes them as ruthless military masterminds.

Today, the Smurf village has no needs for a police state, and even the Elite Military Operations Unit's only assignments seem to be rescuing fellow citizens from being eaten. The only real threat that the Smurfs face is from Gargamel, an evil wizard whose preoccupation with turning them into gold repeatedly reinforces to all of the Smurfs the failure of, and the evils associated with Capitalist Society.
A rare image of Nicholas Smurfanoff (left), the last czar in the Smurfanoff dynasty. He was forced from power under Papa Smurf's socialist revolution.

For the Smurfs, there is no King, no queen, no heaven, no hell. Religion has no place in Smurf Society, instead they know that they are at the mercy of Mother Nature and Father Time, both of whom the Smurfs have had numerous run-ins with, always meeting with results beneficial to their society.

This society is totally self-reliant. The Smurfs use no form of hard currency, and there is rarely even the need to trade goods or services, because as they are taught to say from infancy: "Papa Smurf always says: share and share a like". As a classless society, the division of labor in Smurf Village is designed without the possibility for surplus of production, ensuring that no one class will benefit by taking advantage of the others.
While there are definitely members of society whose designation might be more high profile than others, the good of the Smurfs is put before all else. One way the Smurfs are continually conditioned to this idea is by the usage of the word "smurf" itself. Conversationally, it can be substituted for any part of speech.

Under Smurfy Socialism, everyone finds equal means for the development of their respective faculties and utilization of their labour. Each Smurf is assigned a specific role, or a place in the society. Handy Smurf is in charge of any repairs necessary. Hefty Smurf performs the bulk of the manual labor. Farmer Smurf does the hard work of harvesting their food, and Greedy Smurf prepares it for all to enjoy.

Other Smurfs abilities are not as immediately clear. Poet Smurf is a tool Papa Smurf's propaganda machine. Jokey Smurf's exploding presents serve to provide a lighthearted respite in what could easily prove to be a dreary existence. (Also, his proficiency with explosives makes him a valuable tool should Papa Smurf ever desire the formation of a "Blue Ops" assassination team.)

Some Smurfs' roles are to set an example of what good little Smurfs should strive not to be. Vanity Smurf illustrates how pre-occupation with one's self can be bad for the society as a whole. Lazy Smurf's lackadaisical lifestyle shows what can happen if everyone decided that they were too tired to do their required tasks. Nosey Smurf, by asking bothersome questions and continually investigating the unknown, demonstrates the perils of troubling your mind with things that do not concern you.

Papa Smurf's words are with the Smurfs at all times.

Interestingly enough, there is only one female member of the Smurf society. She is referred to as "Smurfette", a very demoralizing title, in order to immediately place her into a secondary and subservient role. For, as the only female, Smurfette definitely would have the means to pose a real threat to Papa Smurf's rule. However, she is not viewed as dangerous, as she spends all of her free time working on her garden.

The only real threat may be Brainy Smurf. Every one of these recently released files concludes with Brainy Smurf being forcibly ejected from the Smurf Village. He clearly represents the contempt for intellectualism this type of society has. His intellect rivals that of Papa Smurf, who realizes that Brainy Smurf could very easily start a revolution against him. Brainy Smurf knows that he is capable of running things in the Smurf village, but he lacks the maturity to take charge and the support of the other Smurfs.

Brainy's isolation is part of Papa Smurf's plan for keeping himself at the top of the food chain. Brainy's volumes of "Quotations of Brainy Smurf" are often referred to, and yet, none of the other Smurfs ever reads them. The possibility of all the Smurfs being capable of the same intellect of Brainy, or even Papa Smurf himself, is a very real threat. As such, Brainy is sought after only whenever completely necessary, but banished outside of the Smurf village whenever it seems likely that he would get any of the other Smurfs to question the structure of their society.

Brainy Smurf's subjugation to a tertiary role and the potential threat it poses to Papa Smurf's leadership makes the Smurf Village a potential hotbed of military activity, one which will need to be continually monitored for the foreseeable future. If Brainy Smurf were to make any inroads amongst the other Smurfs, it is our belief that the United States would benefit greatly from Brainy Smurf's rule. As such, it is the Central Intelligence Agency's proposal that an exploratory commission be set up to see what steps could be taken now, to put the U.S. in the best position if and when an uprising occurs."

Sources: The above works have been adapted from the following articles.
All credit where credit due.

The Smurfs Were Communists! By Dave Morgan, Published on his Home Page February 14, 1996 Better Dead Than Blue - Are the Smurfs Closet Communists? by Kristen M. Sonntag, Esq. S.M.U.R.F - Socialist Men Under a Red Father Author unknown S.M.U.R.F Author unknown but posted on The Theory of Smurfian Communism by Andrew Dougherty Isolated Utopian Village said to be model for Communist society By Christian Bladt The Smurfs as a Paradigm for Communist Society Written by Eric Lott in Spring, 1995 and published on his personal web page September 27, 1997 Socio-Political Themes in The Smurfs by J Marc Schmidt, author of Egg Story Smurfy Sexism: Drawn with a Biased Hand By Mariruth Graham