I got this one this morning, y'all. As always, this is exactly as I received it:
why is the jerk ALWAYS the male? why is the butt of the joke ALWAYS the male, and NEVER the female? is this still the 1960's? are you drawing Your Father's Cartoon?!
why do you hate men? i have three children -- all boys, unfortunately -- and I do not let this NY Daily News in my house. Not only does it have your own man-bashing cartoon, but also Out of the Gene Pool and the one with the old lady who hides her old husband's eyeglasses in the cat litter. this is supposed to be funny, but it is Domestic Violence.
It was unsigned (of course) but I noticed in the email address his name is John.
Believe it or not, this isn't the first time I've been called a man-hater. It's really caused me to re-examine myself, and find out what sort of sexist prejudices I hold against... myself...
But this letter raises some questions:
First of all, can someone tell me if men were seriously oppressed in the 1960's? That's what John seems to imply. I wasn't alive then, so I don't know.
Second, if this guy loves men so much, why is it unfortunate that all his children are boys? Does he hate his sons?
Finally, this letter really sounds like a cry for help. Something about that last line suggests that John may have some first-hand experience with litter abuse.
To be honest, I love getting emails like this. These incoherent ramblings are just what I need to start the day right. That kitty-litter comic sounds hilarious!
Here is my reply to John's letter:
As a strong modern woman, I feel empowered by drawing comics that toss a proverbial pie in the face of my male oppressors. I wish things were like back in the 60's, when women ruled supreme, and men did our bidding. You say it is unfortunate that all of your children are boys, and I agree with you. You should start them on Estrogen pills right away! There might still be time to save them. Look out men of the world! Hide your glasses, because we have kitty litter, and we are prepared to do what is necessary!
I'll let you know if he writes back.