“While of course all political cartoons are caricatures, female politicians’ femininity (or lack thereof) is the dominant quality”

Interesting essay in Boston University’s online magazine, BUQuad, about portrayals of women in media and cartoons:

“Women… are always gendered in discourse and media. What does that mean? Women’s gender is always ‘a thing,’ and men’s gender is not.

“Consider how politicians like Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton are portrayed in political cartoons. Palin is portrayed as curvy and ‘hot,’ while Clinton is portrayed as butch and ‘manly’.

“While of course all political cartoons are caricatures, female politicians’ femininity (or lack thereof) is the dominant quality. Male politicians’ gender goes unnoticed; instead, cartoons emphasize their unique physical features.”

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