I have always thought that just because I am a woman, it does not mean I draw cartoons any differently than a man. But in a way, I may indeed be drawing “differently” simply because I know what it’s like to be a woman, and can draw about that. A man cannot. So when it comes to things about feminism, my perspective (and other women’s perspectives) provides a distinct view. And, frankly, one that has not been heard from enough over history. So, in honor of International Women’s Day, I post some my cartoons on feminism. A twitter follower friend said to me today “You do cartoons on this every day.” That made me happy, but I wish we didn’t have to talk about this anymore.
This is the cartoon that started it all. I began drawing snarky women, women who are funny and sarcastic, in The New Yorker in the 1990′s, and while it’s not all that I draw, it is a favorite topic of mine. In fact, I have a whole book of cartoons and commentary on this subject, called Women On Men. You can take a look at it and order it here. Or contact me and I offer a personally signed (with drawing inside) soft cover hard copy for a discount! email@example.com
With the Olympics over, we are all going to be operating in a void the next week (unless we watch both Idol and The Voice). So I drew this cartoon.
This is a case where I put the couple in bed and then said to myself, what is she saying to him? What’s going on in the world? I could have had her say something about Ukraine, or Justin Bieber or Hillary Clinton, or winter, St Patrick’s Day, etc. But I decided she wanted to say what she did.
I also drew this one:
I love radio, particularly news radio. The interviews, analysis, call-ins about issues in the news, local or national are all great, and what I listen to while I work. My favorite station is the New York City station WNYC, and in particular the afternoon show, The Leonard Lopate Show. I also like the Brian Lehrer Show in the mornings, too. The station loves New Yorker cartoonists, and have had them on the show numerous times over the years. I have done a lot of radio, usually connected to any new books I have. But I have never been invited to be on WNYC….until now. I was very lucky to be asked to be a guest on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about my book, Women On Men, with guest host Anna Sale. It was great fun– Anna is a skilled interviewer with a devilish streak and great sense of humor. One New York friend said to me when she heard that I was to be on WNYC, “You’re really famous now!” Such is a true New York attitude.
Here is the interview (with a slide show of my cartoons!):
A lot of politicians and experts are speaking for the carriage horses in NYC. Will they remain in the city, is it inhumane? Are the horses abused? Do the horses dislike their life in the hustle-bustle of NYC? We don’t really know. As long as they are not underfed or overworked, get a vacation in the country on a regular basis, my feeling is that they are probably content.
I think maybe we can stop obsessing about kale now. It’s time to focus on another green leafy vegetable. How about mustard greens (who need another name, don’t you agree?)? And then when we are done with green, we should focus on yellow vegetables, like squash. Once we go through the vegetables, why not switch to doughnuts? There are so many colors to chose from. And you know it is fun to draw cartoons about doughnuts.
I began drawing about food for The New Yorker in the 1980′s with a cartoon about risotto, which had just become famous. In other words, Americans in upper middle class circles noticed risotto, and writers about food followed suit (or the other way around). My cartoon was even quoted in the New York Times back then. Then ten years later, risotto seemed to need another cartoon done about it, and I stepped up to the plate. This time, it was less about the word risotto, and more about the people trying to make it.
And I cannot leave out radicchio. I did a cartoon in the 1990′s about that leafy bitter miracle.
Next post: men and food.
I draw a lot of cartoons about what some have called the “battle of the sexes.” But that’s an old phrase. I am not sure where it originated so I looked it up and see the phrase is a Peter Sellers movie, a radio contest, an album by Ludacris, and of course it was the famous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. But I would like to suggest we retire this phrase. Why does it have to be a battle? It doesn’t. We need communication (in all forms, see above cartoon) and laughter to bring us together.
This is what I try to do in my book. Yes, I make fun of men, but do so lovingly. If we can’t make fun of each other, then it is a battle. So clearly, laughter is the better way to go.
My new book of cartoons is called “Women On Men,” published by Narrative Magazine. It can be purchased here, and here for kindle, and if you email me, I will send you a signed-with-drawing inside copy at a discount! firstname.lastname@example.org
I am excited to announce that my new book of cartoons and writing, Women On Men, is available as a ebook. Below is a sneak peak of some of the drawings. The book is a collections of over 200 of my cartoons. The theme is primarily about women being funny, women who have snark and who love to tease the men in their lives. I have published many such cartoons in the New Yorker, starting with this one in 1993. The editor at the magazine then was Tina Brown, and while I had been publishing with them since 1982 (when William Shawn was editor), this sort of idea/cartoon/caption was kind of new for me. Ms. Brown eventually bought a lot of my work like this, and subsequent editors have as well. While I do cartoons on a variety of subjects, I think I found a voice that is very true to me. Along with the 200+ cartoons, you can read more of my musings (in my handwriting) on women and humor in the book.
If you want to purchase the book for whatever kind of reader you have, even a computer, here is the link. Write me if you have questions, or if you want a discounted special edition hard copy, signed. It is beautifully published by Narrative Magazine.
I just posted a new piece on my Forbes column, and it is about my time drawing and speaking at Forum D’Avignon, a French think-tank on culture. I hope you go visit the page and read the text and see more of the drawings I did during the conference. I went as a member of Cartooning For Peace, and the small group of cartoonists from around the world were asked to draw their reactions to the debates. It was wonderful and fascinating.