"The women of Bikini Kill let guitarist Billy Karren be in their feminist punk band, but only if he's willing to just "do some shit." Being a feminist dude is like that. We may ask you to "do some shit" for the band, but you don't get to be Kathleen Hannah."--@heatherurehere

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tuesday: Gender in the Comics

As usual (for two weeks in a row!), we take a quick look at gender stereotyping in daily comic strips. Click on 'em to see them slightly larger (and there's no pun intended here as regards the first comic).

First up, Fusco Brothers, which traditionally disparages men as boors-who-can't-get-dates, one-ups itself by not only just having a picture on the comics page of a guy pointing to some boobs, but also by somehow connecting traditional conceptions of what counts as attractive boobs to what counts as having good morals. (The philosopher in me thinks this is just a perversion of Plato's ideas around the connections between what is aesthetically pleasing at what is good in general. But I think that's pushing it.)

Next up, this Rhymes with Orange strip is actually pretty funny, I think. I submit it to you because this is the first time I've heard the phrase "...smooth, manly finish."
I see "manly" being equated with "smooth" more and more in the future, as the number of products aimed at men's grooming continues to increase. Oh, and razors with 16 blades, each one of which costs 3 bucks.
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