From yesterday’s Seattle P-I.
Speaking of your campaign, I have a request: Could you please, please hand down an Executive Order redefining rape according to the late, great BitingBeaver’s Rapist Checklist? I’ve no faith in getting it through Congress; I’ve written to every womyn member and the very few that even responded said changing rape laws is “unnecessary at this time.”
Adding that to my platform as we speak, Hecate!
Thank goodness there’s a nice, levelheaded man there who won’t belittle himself by engaging in that cat-fight!
(I’m being sarcastic of course, but that is the point of the cartoon, isn’t it?)
Thanks for spelling it out Gayle- I actually couldn’t work out what the message of the cartoon was at all, but I knew I had an instinctive reaction against it!
Hmm, Clinton as the *good* spouse here?! Aside from what everybody knows already, he’s been accused of rape by at least one woman. But of course women being bitchy to one another is *much* worse than rape [extreme sarcasm here].
That’s the thing about political cartoons! Everyone sees something different!
What I saw was the media preoccupation with the spouses of presidential candidates, quoting them, watching them like hawks, playing one off against the other, because of course, the ideal president has been “happily married to the same wonderful man or woman for exty-bajillion years”, never mind the actual *content* of those exty-bajillion years or the overall lack of integrity or character the comments of these virtuously married people evidence, or how their self-righteousness (and sometimes hypocrisy, again, Clinton) fall on the ears of Americans who could not give shit one how long a candidate has been righteously heterosexually married! As THOUGH. In the case of Clinton, who the HELL wants Bill fricking Clinton shacked up at the White House again?! 38 years of “marriage” or no! That is a liability not a plus! But by the lights of the press and who knows who else, the most important thing is that the candidates come across as the *mostest happily married person for the mostest years*. Which is why the cartoonist finished his line-up with Clinton, with his hands in the angelic prayer position, bragging on his 38 years of marriage, never mind the interns giving him blow jobs behind the curtain. By the standards of media and, evidently, much of the watching public, the Clinton marriage is just the most virtuous and righteous thing ever by virtue of 38 “happily married” years.
Damnit Heart, now I’m really confused about the cartoon! 😛
Hey, Laurelin, I think this might be kind of an American thing. Americans are SUCH hypocrites and nimnuls when it comes to the public figure, must-be-happily-heterosexually-married-for-three-centuries thing. I think that’s all Horsey (the cartoonist) was saying.
I have a soft spot for Horsey because we were at the UW together in the late 60s, early 70s, when he was a cartoonist for the UW Daily, so I always follow his cartoons, even though he’s kind of the typical male leftist in some ways.
Hecate, whatever happened to bitingbeaver? Do you know?
Laura, I’m not Hecate, but bb and I were subjected to a really nasty attack by the 4chan kiddie scripters, “Anon,” Encyclopedia Dramatica, in early August. We both had our personal information posted to the internet and we were both threatened daily for days, weeks, up until today. My websites were taken out by DDOS and gigaloader attacks; this blog is all that’s left.
So bb has gone quiet. You can read about some of her journey by ordering the current issue of Off Our Backs– I interviewed her in there. Hopefully, she will be back one day.
Just delete this.
Heart, it’s encyclopedia dramatica – please don’t blame the brits 🙂
has anyone else noticed that in the cartoon, Clinton takes up more space than the women he’s next to? His figure, unlike all the others, isn’t contained behind his podium, and he is taller and wider than the women too.
Just an observation.
slight correction to my comment- Obama and Edwards’ clothing are seen on the outside of their podiums, but only just.
I really am rambling today. Scuze my blah-blah-blahness.
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