As a child of pop culture, it should come as no little surprise that most of my psyche was formed by various cartoon and film studios and is tragically underequipped to manage real life, even to this day, which is why you can only find me on the Internet, as I tend to shun the sun like some kind of eyeless deep-cave newt.
While you can easily rely on film to teach you how to deal with everyday situations like terrorism, dinosaurs and hangovers, the sad truth is that the formation of one’s sexual identity is probably something best not placed in the hands of Bruce Willis or National Lampoon. I mean, I think.
As it happens, my sexual awakening was a slow, shameful thing spurred by a handful of pop culture icons that, for one reason or another, stirred something vaguely confusing deep inside me, and will now be used to stir something vaguely off-putting in all of you. Read more…
Several newspapers in Oregon and Florida are refusing to print “Doonesbury” cartoons this week, which skewer anti-abortion lawmakers; other papers in Kansas City and Los Angeles are running the comics in the op-ed pages. In cells of the comics seen online, cartoonist Garry Trudeau mocks the state of Texas, which is considering a bill similar to Virginia’s bill which would have mandated transvaginal ultrasounds. Here is how Thursday’s strip, the most controversial one, is described by media reporter Jim Romenesko:
In the stirrups, she is telling a nurse that she doesn’t want a transvaginal exam. Doctor says “Sorry miss, you’re first trimester. The male Republicans who run Texas require that all abortion seekers be examined with a 10″ shaming wand.” She asks “Will it hurt?” Nurse says, “Well, it’s not comfortable, honey. But Texas feels you should have thought of that.” Doctor says, “By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape.”
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Michelle Obama? Fat? The woman whose toned upper-arms have headlined the 10 o’clock news? Who would dare say such a thing? In a cartoon on a conservative web site called BigGovernment.com, the First Lady and the president are depicted chowing down on dinner — she with a pile of hamburgers and French fries and he with a few lettuce leaves. The joke here, I guess, is that she’s a hypocrite because she actually eats junk food sometimes? I don’t get the joke. What’s offensive about the cartoon, though, is how Michelle Obama is drawn with pudgy jowls, and bulging arms, and snaps at Barack, “Shut up and pass the bacon!” According to the media watchdog group Media Matters For America, a previous version of the cartoon that appeared online had Michelle saying, “Shut up and pass the lard!” Keep reading »
Is there anything more cheerful and holiday-rific than “The Peanuts” theme song? Written in 1964 by composer Vince Guaraldi, the winsome little tune is actually called “Linus and Lucy.” Today, imagine yourself bopping around to it with Shroeder and the gang. [YouTube
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The plot of “Black Swan” explained in five panels: anguish and eye makeup. [Women & Hollywood via But You're Like Really Pretty] Keep reading »
A lot of people up here in this website are dog people. Me? I’m a cat person. (RIP Kurtis!) I love this animated series, “Simon’s Cat,” in which a guy named Simon suffers the various hijinks of his feline friend. The cartoons are created by Simon Tofield, a British animator who has three cats: Hugh, Maisie and Jess. The online ‘toons have proved so popular that this October will see the publication of Simon’s Cat, the book. It takes a long time for Simon to create new animated webisodes because the process is so labor-intensive. In the latest installment, “Fly Guy,” Simon’s cat gets all obsessive the way cats do over a housefly, and his owner deals with the consequences. [The Daily What] Keep reading »
So, I really couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a new cartoon that ran in The Oklahoman. “Fiesta Time at the First Confirmation” oh-so-inappropriately depicts Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor… strung up like a piñata. Cameras and microphones look on as a sombrero-wearing President Obama asks, “Who wants to be first?” to a bunch of bat-toting elephants.
Whoa! I have some issues. (1) Lets start with the fact that Sotomayor is Puerto Rican, not Mexican. (2) A woman hanging from a rope while men watch just conjures up dark images in my mind. Who wants to go first? I won’t even say what that makes me think. (3) The elephants—representing conservative America—are facing Obama and Sotomayor with baseball bats. Can you say lynch mob reference? I’m not usually overly sensitive about these things—I am a freedom of speech supporter and always appreciate a good envelope pushing—but really?
So what do you think? Am I overreacting or does this cartoon suck? [Huffington Post]
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Heidi is awfully excited about a cartoon version of her that isn’t even as attractive as the real Heidi. But then, is anything as attractive as the real Heidi? [New York City, 7/15/08] Keep reading »
If you’ve been thinking lately that relationships are nothing but heartbreak, letdowns, and awkward moments, you have an assignment. Get a copy of Sex and Sensibility, and read one cartoon a day. If that doesn’t make you feel better about your love/sex/hookup life, you should probably be in therapy. The ten women whose cartoons make up the book include eight New Yorker contributors and two Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonists. They find the funny in everything from cross-dressing and boob jobs to annoying habits and fights. Yes, even fighting can be funny. Sex and Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Loveâ€¦in 200 Cartoons is available now. Keep reading »