When enough people adhere to the same standard, that standard transforms into a societal expectation that is mutually and openly agreed upon without the need for law. Men shouldn't show emotion, and women should wear makeup, are two standards that are prevalent enough to be found everywhere.

But each of us is unique. These "expectations" do not accurately describe the majority of people. Therefore, artist Lainey Molnar explores these topics in particular as she creates comics that most people, especially women, can relate to.

With that being said, Lainey's work has been featured on Bored Panda previously, and if you'd like to see the previous parts to this series, then make sure to click here, here, and here.

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Artemis Apollo
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1 month ago

Rapists deserve to be beaten with a hot iron stick for the rest of eternity

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This time around, Bored Panda reached out to Lainey with some new questions regarding her upcoming works.

"As of late, I started posting short videos around the topics of being a woman, relationships, little wisdom, and self-healing besides the regular illustrations and I'm enjoying them tremendously. Instagram infamously changed their algorithm to favor videos, slashing so many creators' engagement and forcing them to do videos they're not necessarily comfortable with, but I feel like I can get even deeper this way to support women all over the world."

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Bouche Clay
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1 month ago

This.

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Isabella
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1 month ago

PMS is a fact and to be honest, I am much mooore emotional before and while on my period.

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We also wanted to know if the artist had a comic she was proud of, and we thought it was only fair if she'd share her thoughts with us!

"My absolute favorite is one of my earliest illustrations that I recently re-drew. I know that so many of us women are criticized or shunned by society by not hitting the "right" milestones, not hitting them at the right time, or having entirely different plans than what is expected. My goal is to lift the weight of societal stigma from every woman's shoulder, because personal life decisions that don't hurt anyone are not right or wrong, they're simply... personal. I am 33, single, I don't plan on having children, and I'm traveling the world instead of settling down. I don't have a college degree, I can't drive a car, I don't own an apartment, and I don't feel like a black sheep, I just feel like myself. As everyone should."

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dar Rah
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1 month ago (edited)

As a father, I hate it when people refer to me caring for my daughter as 'babysitting', it's parenting. Honestly though I've never met a father who called it babysitting himself, its mostly other people who do that.

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Francis
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1 month ago

i like how subtle the change in their faces are, yet you see them :) great art style

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Artists go through a few art phases trying to find the art style they could call their own, and for Lainey, it is likely the same, given that the artist is currently thinking about pursuing her ultimate dream.

"Before digital art, I used to draw with markers which I really miss, but I don't have time for it anymore, but my ultimate dream is to paint on designer handbags. My background is in fashion and my hobby is refurbishing (vintage) designer accessories in the name of sustainability and value, so creating artworks on pieces I already consider artworks would marry all of my passions and talents."

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

2nd picture is me plus my beautiful black cat! ^.^

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Kia
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1 month ago (edited)

Louder for those in the back! Edit: I really hate how every time Lainey's comics get posted one BP and there is a woman with a hijab on the comments are mostly hate and how she's oppressed. Like you're missing the whole point.

Sandrapocalypse
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1 month ago

No one would dare ask a nun to remove her veil, why is it ok to ask a muslim womam to do it?

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

What strikes me as odd is people shouting about women's freedom to wear whatever they want, yet when some women WANT to wear hijabs suddenly they're oppressed they "should take them off".

Malou Hedlund
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1 month ago

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its because they are brainwashed by a patriarchy religion

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RoanTheMad
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1 month ago

Honestly, I'm always kinda scared to say it because I don't want to sound "weird" to those who wear them... but I think Hijab are beautiful.

Kia
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1 month ago (edited)

Thats not weird at all! They are beautiful aren't they?

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Midoribird Aoi
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1 month ago

It is right to religious expression vs. something mandated supposedly for your safety to keep men under control...do you want to be arrested and beaten because a little leg was showing, or a bit of hair?

A. Embleton
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1 month ago

No but that is not how Islam is observed in every country and ultimately that is the point. If people from places with freedom of religion as a right, scream oppression or terrorism at the sight of human they frankly they are no better than the people running the countries that would punish women for not wearing one. They just aren't enough of a power position within government to implement penalty for religious expression. Mind you they do try more and more.

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Brandy P
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1 month ago

I think people hate what they don't understand. I, for one, cannot understand why any woman would want any part of ANY religion.

ThatBiBookLover
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1 month ago

It depends on what people think. I, for one, am religious and I don’t force my religion on others :)

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any rei
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1 month ago

Religion in general is used as a tool to oppress people, especially women. It doesn't matter if it's Christianity and their crusade with abortion right now or religion that doesn't allow a woman to leave the house or go to school or wear a piece of fabric around the hair so men won't have sinful thoughts. Religion is poison.

Jeffery
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1 month ago

As a hijab-wearing woman, the fact that this piece exists + all the positivity in the chat makes me feel so much better about the world. Thank yo ueverbody!!

Kia
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1 month ago

<3

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Esha
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1 month ago

<3

Artemis Apollo
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1 month ago

YES

Amber.exe (She/They)
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1 month ago

There's people who think woman are forced into wearing the hijab when most of the time it's not,it's encouraged

ThatBiBookLover
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1 month ago

Yes, I have two Muslim friends and they both had a choice. One decided not to wear a hijab, the other decided they wanted to. Both are perfectly happy :D

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Baka Mazen
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1 month ago

This goes much further than hijabs. It's a problem in pretty much every multi-culture country. People are afraid of things they don't understand and what may be acceptable or encouraged in one culture, might be not accepted in another. Often people need to change or adapt to a certain point. So when immigration happens, who is supposed to change or adapt? The immigrants or the locals of the country? Obviously, in a perfect world, everyone adapts and everyone can live in harmony, but you can see how this doesn't work out. Locals thinking they are coming to my country, why should i adapt, meanwhile immigrants being proud of their heritage and wanting to preserve their culture doing the same. You can see how this can create conflict. How do you prevent that? It's kind of like cats and dogs, some are able to look past their differences in live together in harmony, but how do you stop a cat and a dog from fighting?

MxMeow
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1 month ago

Wearing a hijab asks no one to adapt. Most of these so-called differences ask nothing of the non-practitioner. It is usually simply a matter of intolerance and not a natural inclination. You're not asking a species to change its instincts; you're asking people to do better in a way they are entirely capable of.

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Demongrrrrl
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1 month ago

There are few Muslims where I live, but when I see a woman wearing a pretty hijab, I make a point of complimenting it to her.

Caroline Driver
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1 month ago

One of the little touches I liked about Ms Marvel, her friend who'd decided to wear the hijab, but she was no meek and obedient young woman, it was her own choice.

Captain Of The Ships
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1 month ago

She’s pretty.

MasterPlg
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1 month ago

But it is usually a piece of fabric between being considered as human being or as object. If you're free you can choose to not wear it.

Stymied Egan
Community Member
4 weeks ago

This is so odd. Men wear yarmulke/kippah and no one says anything. A woman dons a hijab and must prove it is her choice. There are two countries where it is mandatory, but it's mandatory for all women. Not just Muslims.

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Jaguarundi
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1 month ago

A Hijab should be no more remarkable than a nun wearing her coif, bandeau, wimple and veil. Just the same as when I wear my ball cap, my Akubra, or my bucket hat doesn't attract notice. People shouldn't cast aspersions on strangers simply by their clothing choices.

Plague doctor
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1 month ago

Agreed as someone who knows people that wear those for the religion it enraging

Jessica Julian
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1 month ago

I have NEVER had a woman wearing a head scarf tell me all about how great and wonderful her God is, and hoe I should join her, it's then only way I'll get to go to heaven, blah, blah, blah. I have been harassed by annoying white men tell me all those things, and more, unprompted, usually when I'm at work, and can't tell them to stop, or just walk away. So...guess which one I'd rather encounter? My religious choices are not your business, and I don't want to hear about yours.

Lynn Morello
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Some nations allow their women little to no freedom or rights at all. others allow their women as much freedom and rights as they want. Other nations are trying their damndest to remove women's freedoms and rights.

DC
Community Member
1 month ago

... this one ain't that easy. There are a lot of conservative families pressuring women, even preschool girls, to wear one of those imaginary-friend-disguiseries. Then, there are those voluntarily wearing one. There's no really right decision, as a free society owes it to its very every member to be free, even free to chose not being free in some regard. A prohibition in, say, school or so may ensure the freedom of those trying to chose not to wear any of these, while, of course, it does restrict the freedom of those who voluntarily chose to let their god's representatives, usually male and wearing a naked head in broad daylight, take over their clothing choices.

Kia
Community Member
1 month ago

Most women chose to wear it. Yeah there are some who are forced but just because there are some that are forced doesn't mean they all are. And its called a hijab.

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sugardog
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1 month ago

Hell yeah, both misogyny and Islamophobia suck a$$ and anyone who encourages or practises either suck a$$ just as much!

USA Patriot
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1 month ago

Perpetual fake victim looking for any crumb to be offended by

Wim Cossement
Community Member
1 month ago

Religion is stupid and misogynistic by design, if you cannot see that you're been brainwashed.

Agata Konador
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1 month ago

Agreed, as long as I am not forced to wear it in the countries when its citizen are wearing it...

Elizabeth Custodio
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Not for nothing I have nothing against veil SHAWL or headress every religion back in old times wore them it was customary in church and out of modesty but seriously theirs limitations like burkas where the women can barely see through the slits in the fabric and it has no shape definition that is just past all ridiculousness and screams oppression especially in the freaking heat meanwhile husband is walking around beard out flashing chest hair in bare minimal feeling the breeze even nuns don't have to cover that much up in SIGHT OF GOD PPL ALMIGHTY PUREST BEING TO HAVE LIVED AND ENTITY TO EXIST SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT NOT JUST TO ACCOMADATE A MERE MORTAL MAN THEY CALL HUSBAND

Galex
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So we should respect your archaic customs, that where enforced by stoning and torture in your home country that you fled?

Blah
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1 month ago

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Islam is a terrible ideology however and it isn't racist to criticise bad ideas. It is weird to see feminist propaganda supporting it to be honest, yeaterday a woman was sentenced to 34 years in prison for using Twitter. But sure, go off on how much you love oppressive ideologies.

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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1 month ago

Oh go play in a blender, Blah. Stop spreading your idiotic Islamaphobia around the Internet.

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Starting out with comics (or art in general) isn't easy, so we asked the artist if she had any tips to share for those who might be starting out.

"This is an advice to everyone creating any kind of art: Do not put too much weight on how you are doing on social media. Having followers or likes doesn't validate how valuable your art is, it's simply a tool to echo your voice. The art and the message should come from your heart and it should be something you would create the same way just for yourself if you lived in a hut up in the mountains for a year with no internet. I started off creating these comics just for myself, to process my experience as a woman in the world and I didn't intend to have an audience or have it as a full-time job. Until this day I refuse to draw anything that doesn't come from the heart."

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dar Rah
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1 month ago

Hm. Growing up, that assigned role of Provider was a heavy burden on me, and it led to me choosing a field of study less aligned to my interests but more profitable. It was a bad choice. Never met somebody who had his heart set that much on the provider role.

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1 month ago

Are dad bodies actually hyped?

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When it comes to people having overall opinions on her comics, here's what the artist thinks, "My biggest goal is for all women to feel seen, heard, and feel like they are not alone. To give them a new perspective about things the system, the patriarchy, life, and society taught them are the norm. To give them tools to heal themselves from past traumas and stuck patterns. I know this might sound incredibly ambitious, but I'm set on changing the world."

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Ranger Kanootsen
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1 month ago

THIS>>>

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Bouche Clay
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1 month ago

I was raised to believe I was ugly because I was fat.

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Most artists usually create art in order to accomplish something, therefore we were wondering if Lainey perhaps felt the same in some type of way.

"I truly hope that I can establish a community where like-minded women uplift one another. I am fascinated by how it's happening in the comment section under each one of my posts, they get vulnerable, share their personal stories, like and support one another. I believe there is a huge need for a safe space online for women where there is no judgment and they can share, express, bond, and grow. So I'm planning on building all that in the future - starting with my Instagram page."

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Mattewis88
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1 month ago

My problem is that it became sexualised and it's f*****g gross.

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Jellicle bat
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1 month ago (edited)

Only in 'murica

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Molnar has been in the comic scene for quite some time now so we were curious whether she had any comments from her followers that might've particularly stood out.

"One time I received a message from a follower that she has shown my illustrations to her young brother and they started having discussions about what girls and women are going through. She told me that her brother was only familiar with the male narrative and ended up opening his mind to so much on the 'other' side and even sharing the illustrations with his friends. This is the kind of ripple effect I aim for with everything I do. I just start the conversation, but how it's interpreted or how it unfolds is fascinating."

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7773989
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1 month ago

It amazes me that being invisible is considered a superpower. I mean in those polls, ”if you could get one superpower, what would you choose”. To be respected would be an amazing superpower, because when you are a woman, ”respecting the elderly” does not seem to apply to you.

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7773989
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1 month ago

They are so cute! But where is the left hand of the man with the beanie?

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Lastly, we wanted to know what kind of hobbies Lainey has aside from making comics, and here's what she shared with us, "Besides doing art and refurbishing accessories and trying to read all the books in the world while traveling to every corner of the globe, I love to do puzzles. It's becoming a problem because I buy and do them in such a rate that they have taken over my apartment. Maybe I should consider making puzzles with my illustrations, that would be a fitting project!"

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Artemis Apollo
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1 month ago

Fur babies are still babies

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Esha
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1 month ago

Yes!

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Firstname Lastname
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1 month ago

I don't care who wears a bikini, as long as it is a well fitting bikini where you aren't sausaging your body into two slivers of fabric that are struggling to uphold your public decency.

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Kia
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1 month ago

If you don't want to shave don't. If you do then go for it. Its your body.

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Marianne
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1 month ago

This woman is gorgeous!

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Juniper_the_frog_
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1 month ago

Yeah, you are still the same person and people don’t get to treat you differently because of how you look

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Frances M
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1 month ago

Different worlds. Different cultures. Different people.

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Tiff Jade Thompson
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1 month ago

i need help... this i've been going through all year and still don't know what to do... stay with who I need or go and be with who I want/what I deserve

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Zyrkaloi
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1 month ago

I’d love to see a take on hangovers in your 40’s, lol

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