Archive for the ‘Language and gender’ Category

Popeye, Bluto, and Danny Shanahan

February 1, 2015

Passed on by Tim Wilson on Facebook, this Danny Shanahan cartoon from 8/17/98, with Popeye and Bluto holding hands at a cocktail party, talking to a bemused woman:


Background information: on Popeye; on repressed homosexuality; and on Danny Shanahan.


Anonymously on the internet

January 19, 2015

Today’s Scenes From a Multiverse (on-line here) has the superhero Colonel UnitedStates woken from 70 years of sleep:

Of course, not to their faces! Insults go behind people’s backs!

Gendered playthings

January 19, 2015

Today’s One Big Happy:

(The strip appeared in my feed today, but it’s dated December 25th, in keeping with its content.)

In any case, both Ruthie and her older brother Joe seem to be fully satisfied with their (stereotypically gendered) Christmas presents.


January 11, 2015

Joe Dator’s January 9th New Yorker daily cartoon:


Extreme manspreading on the New York subway.


Masculinity in court

January 8, 2015

In last week’s New Scientist (1/3/15), a story by Dan Jones — “Booming voices are no boon for male lawyers” (in print), “Masculine-sounding lawyers less likely to win in court” (on-line) — about a paper to be presented at the Linguistic Society of America meeting that begins today in Portland OR. The research is interesting in its own right, but the way New Scientist frames its results, in terms of a rigid gender dichotomy, deserves comment on its own.


Chatty girls (again)

December 21, 2014

Today’s Zits:

Once again, the strip turns on the overwhelming chattiness of teenage girls. Or so it seemed to Jeremy.


November 22, 2014

Posted on Facebook recently by Susan Fischer, this photo of her ca. age 3, in her blonde phase, with her mother. Her mother in a 1950s-era housedress, something you don’t see a lot of these days.



Leslie Feinberg, verbing, and pronouns

November 19, 2014

From The Advocate website on the 17th, this death notice:

Transgender Pioneer and Stone Butch Blues [1993] Author Leslie Feinberg Has Died

She was a pioneer in trans and lesbian issues, workers rights, and intersectionality long before anyone could define the phrase. Her partner [of 22 years], Minnie Bruce Pratt, and [her] family [of choice] offered us this obituary:


Saturday trio

November 8, 2014

In today’s comics crop, a Zits on language and the sexes (once again), a Rhymes With Orange with language play, and a Bizarro metacartoon on the visual conventions of the comics:





Two from Out

September 20, 2014

Yesterday, it was The Advocate; today, it’s another LPI publication, Out (or OUT) magazine, again with two pieces of interest for this blog in the latest (October 2014) issue: one on straightsplaining, one on gay bookstores.



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