From Adam and Eve to pussy hats, people have punished, praised, pathologized, and politicized vulvas, vaginas, clitorises, and menstruation. In this feminist graphic novel, Swedish cartoonist Liv Strömquist calls out how genitalia-obsessed men have stigmatized women’s bodies, denied their sexuality, created a dubious gender binary, and much more. Her biting, informed commentary explores history and taboos from the darkest chapters (the Salem witch trials) to the lightest (when menstrual blood was used as a love potion). Like humorists Alison Bechdel (Dykes to Watch Out For), and Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant), Strömquist uses the comics medium to reveal uncomfortable truths about how far we haven’t come.
"In this lively feminist graphic essay collection, Strömquist embraces an often fraught topic, balancing serious analysis and irreverent, R-rated humor. " — Publishers Weekly
"How I loved reading Liv Strömquist’s Fruit of Knowledge. If her strips are clever, angry, funny and righteous, they’re also informative to an eye-popping degree. Should you be in possession of a teenage daughter, you absolutely must buy it for her and all her friends, in addition to those copies you will now immediately purchase for yourself and all of yours.” — The Guardian
“Given the current political climate in the United States, Strömquist’s vibrant, excoriating work is more necessary than ever. Fruit of Knowledge is the kind of self-care Western culture needs—accessible, intelligent, and engaging renderings of culture and history—that provide the encouragement to help us finally name and reclaim the female body.” — The Establishment
"Strömquist doesn't pull any punches as she covers topics from the horrific to the absurd. Entertaining, educational and essential!" — The Gosh!