By Clara Yoon '15 and Matthew Randolph '16, Contributing Writer to The Amherst Student

Image of Alison Bechdel courtesy of This past Tuesday, the Cole Assembly room was filled with Five College students and faculty who were there to hear Alison Bechdel, a cartoonist and cultural commentator, give a talk about her work. The lecture, hosted by the Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Department, the Women and Gender Center and the Queer Resource Center, was titled “Drawing Lessons: The Comics of Everyday Life.”

“I’ve always admired Alison Bechdel’s work. I think she’s doing something really innovative and really important. I think that the more students that can read her work and get to know her work will feel freed by it and amused and enlightened,” said Martha Saxton, Professor of History and Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies. Bechdel is best known on campus for her book “Fun Home,” required reading in Saxton’s introductory course “The Cross-Cultural Construction of Gender,” co-taught alongside Professor Khary Polk.

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