An Analysis For Donnelly’s Carton ““Oh yeah? Well, Your Dad’s a … a… Feminist”

The lack of color is a significant aspect in Donnelly’s cartoon. From the black and white colors, Donnelly presents the concepts of male and female behaviors into -literally- black and white categories where the behaviors of individuals are restrictive. As the behaviors of males and females are labelled and separated by social norms, individuals are pressured to conform to such norms. With the lack of colors, Donnelly suggests that the collective vilification towards feminists have been socially accepted and broadcasted. However, Donnelly criticizes such misconceptions and overthrows expectations and obligations of certain genders in society.


Donnelly also utilizes body posture to highlight character relationships. The leaning motion supported with the use of emanata of one of the characters exhibit the aggressiveness of the character during speech and thus implies the offensive nature of the word feminism formed in the character’s mind. Such a misconception is entirely due to people’s tendency to conform to social norms and these social norms are almost always constructed through the stereotypes formed. In such context, the stereotype of feminists being associated with negative connotations is stressed through body posture and created due to patriarchal understandings of the society. Ultimately, through the means of communication, such distorted understandings will place its impact on feminists.


Finally, through tone and diction, Donnelly is able to emphasize on the significance of this issue. By incorporating the quote: “Oh yeah?  Well, your dad’s a … a… feminist”, Donnelly utilizes an immature, yet aggressive tone. With the condescending, colloquial expression of “Oh yeah?” the character talking attempts to anger the other figure and emphasizes the misconception that male figures have upon feminism and society as a whole. On the contrary, in “a… a… feminist” the use of ellipses suggests the naïve nature of children and how the intention of the child was to insult his peer. However, due to cultural influences, specifically, repetitive interactions with the word “feminism” , the child chose to use an unfamiliar word to pose a threat against his peer. This suggests the prevalence of such misconceptions in society; so significant that individuals from different age groups all possess the same misconception towards feminism. To this cause, feminists are extensively at risk of identity distortion.

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