Fruit of Knowledge: The Vulva vs. the Patriarchy

LIV Strömquist (Author) Melissa Bowers (Translator)


From Adam and Eve to pussy hats, people have punished, praised, pathologized, and politicized vulvas, vaginas, clitorises, and menstruation. In this graphic nonfiction book, drawn in chunky, punky pen, Swedish cartoonist Liv Strömquist traces how different cultures and traditions have shaped women's health and beyond. Her biting, informed commentary and ponytailed avatar guides the reader from the darkest chapters of history (a clitoridectomy performed on a five-year-old American child as late as 1948) to the lightest (vulvas used as architectural details as a symbol of protection). Like humorists Julie Doucet (Dirty Plotte), Alison Bechdel (Dykes to Watch Out For), and Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant), she uses the comics medium to reveal uncomfortable truths about how far we haven't come.

Product Details

$22.99  $21.15
Fantagraphics Books
Publish Date
September 04, 2018
6.6 X 0.5 X 9.4 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Liv Strömquist was born in Sweden and lives in Malmö. She is a radio host with a degree in political science. An activist, her left-leaning, award-winning comics have been published in zines and magazines. Fruit of Knowledge has
Melissa Bowers is a translator and editor. She lives in Seattle.


In this lively feminist graphic essay collection, Strömquist embraces an often fraught topic, balancing serious analysis and irreverent, R-rated humor.
Strömquist doesn't pull any punches as she covers topics from the horrific to the absurd. Entertaining, educational and essential!
Liv Strömquist is one of those brilliant artists who manages to combine light-hearted rage with biting humour.