Do More Than Punch Pillows

There are many things to get angry about in life.  Starting with the mundane: stains on your favorite sweater, the internet not working, an unreasonable boss. There is finding out that a friend’s cancer has returned. Then there is hearing on the radio that a fourteen-year-old Pakistani girl is gunned down by the Taliban because she proudly and loudly advocates education for young girls. Malala Yousafzai calls President Obama her idol and she had in recent months became a symbol of resistance to Taliban subjugation.  She is in critical condition.  The world should be outraged, and do more than just punch a pillow. I drew the above cartoon last week, with no particular “thing” in mind–but I hope to draw another and write more about Malala. Here is her FB page


About Liza Donnelly

Cartoonist and writer and live drawer for The New Yorker, CBS News. Speaker for TED and others. Books: Women On Men,
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3 Responses to Do More Than Punch Pillows

  1. Dena says:

    Well said, Liza. This is such a tragedy.

  2. Karen Raff says:

    I always read your descriptive text and play a game with myself wondering, “How would I draw a response to this situation that Liza is describing?” Well, this particular event really had me stumped. How can there be any humor at all in such a sad and devastating event? But you know what? You hit it right out of the park with the direction you took. I can’t imagine a softer landing for such a hard subject. Bravo! (and prayers for our young teen activist whose life inspired your cartoon today.)

    • Karen, That’s very interesting! Thank you for your kind words. I am not really sure how I do this combination of cartoon and commentary. Usually the cartoon is already drawn, and then I find it pairing itself with an event in the news, either right away (and obviously in many cases), or not so obviously in other cases. Anyway, I am glad you enjoy it!!

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