Othering 101

Some ideas are easy to explain.

And with this little cartoon I’ve just covered 99% of the gender differentiation used in mainstream cartoon/comic/anime/whateva. Particularly the kind that’s aimed at children.

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    Debs said,

    It’s interesting because I tend to see the “othering” of women being done because of their *lack* of something ie a penis, and you have done it by *adding* something ie the bow – either way is probably valid.

    What of women who are othered by other women, how would you depict them?

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    marytracy9 said,

    You are right, Debs, othering also means presenting women as “lacking” something men have. It’s always predicated on men being the default.

    As for your question, I have no idea.

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    crankosaur said,

    Haha, it’s funny ‘cus it’s true. You see this a lot with cartoon animals, especially. The male animal just looks like the animal, but the female has long eyelashes and lipstick and a bow. I mean, when’s the last time you’ve seen a rabbit wearing friggin’ lipstick? Thus, men are normal, the average, natural, and women are made out to be abberations of nature.

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    minako said,

    How else do you tell us apart when we all wear pants? 😛

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    atheistwoman said,

    It is truly amazing the difference one bow will make.

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    marytracy9 said,

    Only if it’s pink, AW 😀

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    atheistwoman said,

    Nah I hear green is all the rage these days :).


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