Lainey Molnar, 31, is on a mission to inspire women, and she’s doing so through her artistic expression. Molnar draws candid comic posts that cut through the clutter and focuses on women’s roles in society and how they are viewed.
Her illustrations address a wide range of issues, from the expectation of getting married to having children to other never-ending societal demands. She launched an essential dialogue about society’s regressive norms about women with each post. Her comics defy the gender stereotypes that society places on young women.
Here, I’ve selected some of her favorite comics :
There is no ideal body type :
Our bodies are different, all of us have been blessed with beautiful bodies that work to keep us alive. But, somehow we’ve been brainwashed to feel it’s not enough, either it’s too skinny or it’s too curvy and the list keeps growing. And many of us try crazy exercises, trends to change our bodies. If it makes us healthy that’s a win for us, but most of the time we become obsessed with how our bodies aren’t enough. We look at every other person and see how beautiful they are but we fail to see that in ourselves. So, it’s high time we understand we can adopt healthy behaviors to become fit but we need to understand that it won’t change our body types. So, try to love the way you are!
Look out for your loved ones :
There isn’t a picture that we can refer to understand if someone isn’t okay. It can be tiring to be functional, even when you’re breaking apart. Please keep an eye on your loved ones and check in on them if they act strangely, don’t call you back, cancel plans, or become more silent, because most people won’t tattoo their demons on their faces. This comic nudges us to be more observant about our loved ones.
Yes, Skin texture is normal
All of us have scrolled endlessly through Instagram, seeing tons of people with flawless skins and wondering how ours is the way it is. Well, people, it’s normal. These bumps and lines in our skin aren’t flaws; they’re proof that the skin we’re born with doesn’t define us. We will actively work on loving ourselves every single day if we are not granted default perfection, and that is a beautiful journey… even with all of its ups and downs.
Love is Love
How could anyone really argue against love? How could anyone restrict human rights and shame people for loving the people they love? There’s nothing “wrong” about this. People should begin to accept all forms of love since there is no such thing as right or bad love. A woman loving another woman is as right as a woman loving a man. This comic supports all forms of love as love is love and we should get to choose who we love.
Stop Belittling women based on their life choices
Women have often been stereotyped into thinking that they should get married in their 20s. And don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with getting married, but it’s wrong to make an entire gender feel like they’re not enough just because they’ve not married. This comic beautifully illustrates how both women are where they need to be in their own lives, as long as they’re happy.
Mansplaining won’t work on us anymore:
Men need to realize that women have cracked the code. As Taylor Swift said, “We all know now we all got crowns “. So, instead of telling other women about why they’re not enough or how they could improve, it’s high time people accept each other for what we really are.
Be happy wherever you’re in your lives :
People have made it their business to remind other people of what’s missing in their lives. And no matter how you try to keep up, there’ll always be another box you need to check into before you rest. This is not cheering on or worrying, this is straight-up bullying. We need to realize that it’s perfectly possible to enjoy wherever we are in life, even if it’s not “normal” or “traditional”. But we don’t have to do anything in the world but work towards being able to enjoy every present moment with gratitude and humility.
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