It’s now over a decade since Cerebus finished, and in all that time I’ve read the comic that I followed monthly for twenty-three years only once. Artistically, Dave Sim was, and still is, a genius who deserves to be celebrated, but in his attitudes to women and religion, his copybook has long been blotted beyond any chance of ever being read again.
For the last couple of years at least, I’ve been following the A Moment of Cerebus blog-site, daily, relishing the frequent examples of art, many of the anecdotes, several of the third party responses and almost none of Sim’s pronouncements.
I’m not going to try to set out Sim’s beliefs. He has long since been described as a misogynist, and whilst he disagrees, and whilst a couple of thousand people have signed an online petition to say that they too do not believe he is a misogynist, I find the case all too blatantly proven by Sim’s multifarious statements. It means I shall never have any communication with Sim again, because he will only permit this with those who, in writing, agree that he is not a misogynist.
Sim neither owns nor runs A Moment of Cerebus, but it extensively features his thoughts, beliefs and opinions or, to characterise them as Sim does, the God-given absolute truth that will inevitably sweep away all this feminist nonsense within te next decade or two.
Permanently available on the site is Sim’s anti-feminist manifesto, ‘Fifteen Impossible Things to believe before Breakfast’, originally published in Cerebus, in which Sim sets out his irrefutable case in detail. He has referred to this catalogue hundreds of times.
Recently, for the first time since it was first posted on the blog, a reader has written in to counter-argue the Fifteen Points. It’s hardly necessary to say that Sim has refused to accept any points raised by his correspondent. I confess to not having read more than a few lines of Sim’s reply. I have read too much of Sim’s reasoning down the years to be prepared to waste my time on ‘more-of-the-same’. There has been some back-and-forth, but Sim remains unchanged.
In itself, that’s hardly worthy of comment. But this is the latest posting by Sim, on this subject, today:
“Just a quick note that I promised to address Erick on the 15 IMPOSSIBLE THINGS because he actually posted — according to Tim W, the first one to ever do so — his 15 replies.