Erin Williams commutes by train from upstate New York into the city for her day job. Along the way, the glances of the men she moves through provide the impetus for this searing examination of how the patriarchy reduces women to nothing. Her memories of alcoholism and rape make this more than a feminist screed. They lay bare how a masculine society exploits women for their own interests. A graphic Between the World and Me, Commute will leave the reader shaken regardless of gender—and reading long past their stop.— Charles Bottomley
An intimate, clever, and ultimately gut-wrenching graphic memoir about the daily decision women must make between being sexualized or being invisible
In Commute, we follow author and illustrator Erin Williams on her daily commute to and from work, punctuated by recollections of sexual encounters as well as memories of her battle with alcoholism, addiction, and recovery. As she moves through the world navigating banal, familiar, and sometimes uncomfortable interactions with the familiar-faced strangers she sees daily, Williams weaves together a riveting collection of flashbacks. Her recollections highlight the indefinable moments when lines are crossed and a woman must ask herself if the only way to avoid being objectified is to simply cease to draw any attention to her physical being. She delves into the gray space that lives between consent and assault and tenderly explores the complexity of the shame, guilt, vulnerability, and responsibility attached to both.