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Apr 28 2006

Comment de la semaine

“Wouldn’t it be great if there were a Blame Squad that could kick in the door — like those guys in Minority Report — just before a woman fails to blame the patriarchy?”

–Redneck Mother

34 comments

  1. Pony

    Just smashing REDNECK MOTHER. I love it.

    Bertie so cute!

  2. Amber

    Hahah love it!

  3. Annie

    It really was a brilliant comment from Redneckmother. It gave me a vision of

  4. Annie

    damn! I hate premature blamulation. Never mind my vision now. Carry on.

  5. Annie

    Fashion aside: The cartooned footwear looks a great deal like a very comfortable pair of rocketdogs I tried on not long ago. Very nice!

  6. anne

    That cartoon is freaking brilliant. And yes, I did snort coffee out of my nose when I viewed it, no thanks to you cartoon publishing people.

  7. norbizness

    Hyperrealistic and plausible except for the fact.. not that Bertie has the gift of speech… but that he’s asking permission to dig holes.

  8. FaerieDust

    Sweet shoes, but it’s the mask and hat that make the outfit. Too funny.

    BTW, I googled “girlfriend three way bet” and came up with a couple more of the “help me win my bet” sites (mostly being discussed in other forums/blogs and no longer functioning, but within the last month or so). What was interesting, though, were the comments from the mostly male forum-ites who were all for it, adding the link to sig lines and the like, just to get “jim” his hits so he could win his three-way.

  9. redneckmother

    Aw, shucks. And dang, that’s a great panel. I wonder if I could knit a Blame Squad mask.

  10. ae

    Love the levitating cowpoke hat, Twisty. And the sketch of Bert is so right on!

    redneckmother, can you knit a blame-rejuvinating Obstrepo-Ray that Twisty could hide under there? =)

  11. Sara

    Very cute! And I see the regulation revolutionary cowboy hat and sunglasses in evidence.

    I remember the comment — which also gave me visions, but in red and black lycra (go figure), and no flying was involved. But who drew the actual illustration?

  12. Violet Socks

    Okay, WHO drew the cartoon? Because I love, love, love it.

  13. Sophist

    Who was that masked blamer?

  14. radfemlezzie

    I can’t believe no one has yet made the comparison to Hothead Paisan, Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist, and her stalwart feline sidekick, Chicken! I’m sure she’d love the company.

  15. Twisty

    I drew it. It’s funny you should mention Hothead Paisan, because although I didn’t realize it at the time, it now seems obvious that she was lurking in my subconscious.

  16. Kaka Mak

    Yep, my other comment is gone. Thanks for this site, Twisty and today’s blog fodder. I’d curl up, rendered useless by the dunder-footed “Now cut that shit out and be a good girl!” patriarchy sometimes if not for this site.

  17. Ron Sullivan

    Hothead Paisan meets James Thurber?

    I’m now meditating on the idea of enjoying the amusing stuff left behind by dead patriarchialoids. Seems reasonable if it’s possible.

  18. mythago

    Sort of like a cross between Hothead Paisan and the protagonists of A Gun for Jennifer?

  19. Hattie

    You drew it! Your talents are endless!

  20. CGG

    Brilliant! A blame squad would be awesome. The only problem is that it would be one overworked band of superheros!

  21. Sara

    Nicely done, Twisty. I particularly like the silky rendering of young Bert and the rosy highlights you gave your own flesh. In fact, I think the pink knees and elbows separate your work definitively from the Hothead Paisan oeuvre (which I had never seen before today, so I could be very wrong). It’s just not as angry looking with pink knees and elbows, at least not onscreen.

    For this, of course, we have to blame the patriarchy by virtue of its having assigned its own definitions of gender attributes to innocent colors. Pink is the color of healthy, well-vascularized tissue and as such should be a universal color of strength, but no. Thanks to the patriarchy, it is the color of sweetness and gentleness and sugar and spice, that is, when it’s not also the color of the symbolic fight against breast cancer.

    Maybe we should think about how to take back pink.

  22. Fhiona

    I’d like to take back pink. It’s my favourite colour. But when my girls (aged 7 and 10) see pink clothes they express disgust, on the grounds that pink is “girly”. I’ve tried pointing out to them that they are girls, so what’s wrong with that? They reply that they’re not “girly girls”. I don’t really know what they’re getting at, but I suspect it’s internalised misogyny – anything girly is automatically weak, pathetic and contemptible. It does make me wonder what they really think of their pink clad mother.

  23. Violet Socks

    Twisty, I’m deeply impressed. You can draw and write. A veritable William Blake! And the rendering of Bert is especially wonderful.

  24. Ms Kate

    Cool art, cool idea – except, well, isn’t kicking in the door to rescue someone from Teh Patriarchy, well, a tad patriarchal?

    She’d have to have some rather advanced powers to help those in need help themselves, not just take over the situation.

  25. Mandos

    You have to admit it’s an amusing image, though. I mean, think Minority Report as the suggester of this idea said. It could be a movie: BlameForce!

  26. Annie

    or BlameHard!

  27. Edith

    Hothead IS Twisty. Right? Because if not, then I’ve been seriously picturing some awesome and fucked up shit.

  28. Tapetum

    In random historical issues, up until WWII (roughly), pink was for little boys, and blue for girls. Pink, as a pale red, was considered more exciting, strong, and virile – much more appropriate for boys – while calm, tranquil blue was the obvious choice for girls.

  29. Gertrude Strine

    Comment 28:

    “In random historical issues, up until WWII (roughly), pink was for little boys, and blue for girls. Pink, as a pale red, was considered more exciting, strong, and virile – much more appropriate for boys – while calm, tranquil blue was the obvious choice for girls.”

    There’s no doubt about that pink/blue as a sex signifier has been given strong emphasis in recent decades.
    Marketing latched on to a nice easy way to make an extra buck or three.
    But there’s equally no support for the sweeping claim about pink having being strongly associated with boys before 1939.

    Give a source for this kind of statement. One that remains findable online. It helps keep the internet freer of shite.

    In Australia, knitting ladies fought a rearguard action against the blue/pink readymade garment industry well into the late fifties, when lemon and cream remained far more popular tones for bubs’ layettes and toddler wear than the determinist and restrictive US blue and pink.
    This is a personal observation from my having been alive at the time and from my having learned to knit, crochet and sew from my women elders who talked always about colour choice and its meaning.
    My oldest Auntie, born in 1885, told us that children were dressed in cream or white until they were past toddling and then were dressed in the same colours as adults. At the most, girls were permitted colour differences in hair ribbons and sashes. And these were mostly blue and yellow.

    Pink was viewed by my women sewing teachers as faintly poor taste and very very hard to mix with any other shade.

    Looking at the way it’s used to sell merchandise with a cancerous woman overtone these days, I think it’s getting even more nauseating.

  30. Pony

    Gertrude see the essay “Welcome to Cancerland” in Twisty’s FAQ aka Extra Credit

  31. Ms Kate

    There were two good reasons to avoid pink and blue gendercoding. One was that you didn’t used to know what gender of babe was coming until he or she arrived. The other is the reuse issue – you don’t want to buy lots of clothes which fit for three weeks and then buy a new set because baby two was not the same type as baby one.

  32. Gertrude Strine

    Comment 30:
    “Gertrude see the essay “Welcome to Cancerland” in Twisty’s FAQ aka Extra Credit”

    (( _ ))

    Been there, done that.
    I’ve seen it better written much shorter, but the North American www reader (note my display of having delved into this site’s archive) seems to like it said the longer way.

    Fuck cancer marketing was all I was saying in post 29 if the door bitch (^_-) doesn’t mind.

    Comment 31:
    “The other is the reuse issue”
    So true. Hence “restrictive” in what I wrote above.
    The marketers don’t want stuff to get re-used, do they. *L*

  33. FaerieDust

    I dressed bopth my girls in greens, yellows, etc.–non-gendered colors. People would come up and congratulate me on my little boy, and while saying thanks, I’d mention my daughter’s name. These poor folks would fall all over themselves apologizing for calling my girl a boy–OMG, we’ve assigned this infant the incorrect gender identification! Of course I see those curly eyelashes and rosy cheeks now! What an adorable GIRL! :::pant pant sigh::: I never really got why it was so important to begin dumping gender issues on 2-week-olds. On the other side, there were mothers in my moms’ group who got highly offended if you called their darling boy a girl. He’s not a girl–he’s all boy (at 6 days old…).

  34. KB

    Geez, babies don’t even look human at 6 days. Until a couple of months all they do is leak from various orifices…all the gender differences do is make cleanup more or less difficult, depending on piping.

    I’m having a girl, and I just plan on dressing her in whatever’s quick and clean, just like my boy 12 yrs ago.

    Who cares what color they wear? Babies are just means to kids, anyway, and I’m saying that about my own. They’re BORING. There, I’ve said it. They don’t get interesting until about 5 or 6. Until then it’s just bonding and maintanance until they grow cool. I mean, they’re cute and all but let’s be realistic.

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