Things You Should Generally Avoid Touching

Cartoon by Barry


This cartoon was written by Rachel Swirsky. Check out Rachel’s website!


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Transcript of cartoon.

At the top of the cartoon, the title is printed in a friendly, 1950s retro font.

TITLE: Things You Should Generally Avoid Touching

PANEL 1
This panel shows two beakers, filled with colored liquid that is bubbling away.

CAPTION: Mysterious, bubbling beakers.

PANEL 2
A Black woman with a wonderful head of hair turns back, looking annoyed, as a hand reaches out from behind her to touch her hair.

CAPTION: Strangers’ bodies.

PANEL 3
There is a sandwich; rising from the sandwich is a vaporous green death skull.

CAPTION: Sandwiches abandoned at nuclear test sites.

PANEL 4
A woman, large with pregnancy, wearing a “baby on board” tee shirt, looks down with annoyance as a hand extends out to touch her belly.

CAPTON: Strangers’ bodies.

PANEL 5
A bunch of vampire bats, including a big one in the foreground staring straight out at the viewer, mouth open to reveal fangs, are flying in the air.

CAPTION: Rabid vampire bats.

PANEL 6
We see the hips, butt and waist of a person, gender indeterminate, wearing pants with a shirt tucked in. A hand reaches out to touch their butt.

CAPTION: Seriously, strangers’ bodies.

PANEL 7
A double-wide final panel.
A white woman talks to the Black woman from panel 2. The white woman has her finger on her face as if concentrating; the Black woman looks amused.

WHITE WOMAN: What if the rabid bats attack AND I have to defeat them with the mysterious beakers but FIRST I have to get a stranger out of the way AND she can’t see or hear me… THEN can I touch her hair?

BLACK WOMAN: That sounds likely.

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Mens Rights Activists, Feminism, and Male Workplace Deaths

Cartoon by Barry


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Transcript of cartoon:

PANEL 1

It’s outdoors; we can see a row of houses in the background, and some green space with trees. A woman with glasses and a yellow zip-up blouse turns, as if surprised by the man talking to her. The man has blonde hair and is wearing a yellow and orange striped shirt.

MAN: Did you know that 93% of workplace deaths happen to men? But feminists do nothing!

PANEL 2

The woman puts a finger on her chin, in a “I’m thinking” gesture. The man looks uninterested.

WOMAN: Something should be DONE! How about stronger unions, so workers could DEMAND safer workplaces?
MAN: Meh.

PANEL 3

The woman continues talking. The man turns away, looking placidly bored, his hands in his pant pockets.

WOMAN: How about strengthening OSHA, so works safety laws are actually enforced?
MAN: Whatever.

PANEL 4

The man suddenly is yelling in the woman’s face, arms wide, fists clenched, totally engaged. The woman flinches back in surprise.

WOMAN: So how do you think we should–
MAN: WRITE TEN THOUSAND TWEETS SAYING FEMINISTS SUCK!

Posted in Feminist cartoons, Labor rights & Unions |

How Free Speech Was Saved

Cartoon by Barry

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Transcript of Cartoon

Panel 1
This panel shows only the title of the strip, in large, cheerful letters on a blue background.
TITLE: How Free Speech Was Saved

Panel 2
Two men, in their 20s or 30s, are in a coffee shop. One of them, a handsome, muscular blonde man with a square jaw and wearing a sleeveless tee, is looking angrily at his tablet. The other, a scruffier looking man in a collared blue shirt, is sitting at a table with his laptop, but looking up in alarm.

BLONDE: The feminists are attacking free speech!
SCRUFF: Oh NO!

Panel 3
A closer shot of the two guys as they stare at Blonde’s tablet.

BLONDE: Look, this one’s calling out sexism in a video game!
SCRUFF: Feminist criticism? But that’s censorship!

Panel 4
Blonde dramatically gestures, looking up and waving fists in the air, as Scruff turns to his laptop.

BLONDE: This injustice CANNOT stand!
SCRUFF: I’ll get on social media!

Panel 5
This panel is divided into four sub-panels, showing four different men in different locations, all reading something on their computer or tablet and yelling “ATTACK!”

Panel 6
A 30ish woman in a black sleeveless tee sits in front of her laptop, a cup of coffee on the table, and looks shocked at what’s on her computer screen.
VARIOUS MESSAGES FROM COMPUTER: Step in a hole and die! Rape! I know where you live! Hate! SJW scum! You are pure @#$&! Die!
WOMAN: Yipes!

Panel 7
The same woman, now crying a little, types a message into her computer.
WOMAN: Dear friends: For the time being, I’m shutting down all my social media accounts…

Panel 8
Another panel that’s been divided into four sub-panels, each showing a different woman in a different location. They are all looking at their internet devices, and all thinking the same thought: “Look at what they did to her… Maybe I shouldn’t post online.”

Panel 9
Back to the two guys, who have their arms crossed and are looking happy and prideful, as they talk to a third man, a hippie-looking dude who is very impressed.

BLONDE: And that’s how we saved free speech!
HIPPIE: Wow! You guys are heroes!

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36 Annoying Anti-Feminists – revised and expanded!

Cartoon by Barry

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(There was an earlier version of this cartoon, which had only 32 anti-feminists.)

Transcript of cartoon:
Title At Top of Cartoon: 36 Annoying Anti-Feminists you will meet on the internet

Panel 1
(A wide-eyed man wearing a plaid shirt waves his hands above his head to make it clear he’s talking about a BIG deal.)
Panel Title: The Molehill Grower
Man: A feminist on twitter got her punctuation wrong… Clearly the whole movement has no legitimacy!

Panel 2
(A scholarly looking man with reading glasses, a sweater vest and a pleasant demeanor raises one hand in a “just explaining things” manner.)
Panel Title: The Economist
Man: Sexism can’t exist, because the free market is perfect! So if employers pay women less, women must be worth less!

Panel 3
(A quivering man with huge eyes and a very intense expression holds up a diagram showing a midsection; three arrows on the diagram point to a tiny dot within the midsection.)
Panel Title: The Fetusphile
Man: This is a zygote! It matters infinitely more than its oven does!

Panel 4
(A scruffy-looking man with a grumpy expression stands in a spotlight, speaking into a handheld microphone.)
Panel Title: The Comedian
Man: Feminists only criticize my “edgy” rape jokes because they have no sense of humor!

Panel 5
(A suit-wearing man with carefully styled hair and a devout expression holds a bible to his heart. In he backgrund, a woman clutches her hands together in an “oh please” expression.)
Panel Title: God Told Him So
Man: Feminism tells women to leave their husbands, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians!
Woman: Where do I sign?

Panel 6
(A man with glasses and a sad expression, cartoon sweat droplet flying from his face, is looking at book with the title “Yearbook” and yelling with an anguished expression.)
Panel Title: Not Yet Over High School
Man: Why wouldn’t the hot girls date me? WHHYYY?

Panel 7
(A young, fit-looking guy wearing a sweatshirt shrugs with bewilderment.)
Panel Title: The Douchebro
Man: Find out if she wants sex before I f**k her? How would that even work?

Panel 8
(A man with a long white beard, sunglasses, and a short buzzcut, stand with his arms crossed.)
Panel Title: The Scholar
Man: After extensive pursual of Wikipedia, I fail to see any difference between feminists and Nazis!

Panel 9
(A slightly smug-looking young woman in a striped shirt stands smiling, holding up a sign that says “I’m not a feminist because I don’t hate men!”)
Panel Title: The Good Girl

Panel 10
(A young man with long hair in a ponytail and a short chin-only beard addresses the viewer cheerfully while holding a pen and notepad.)
Panel Title: The Rationalist
Man: My objective logic proves white men objectively deserve everything we have because we’re so super objective!

Panel 11
(A young woman stands, holding a beer and looking a bit annoyed, as a young man holds up a finger to indicate “wait” while reading a book with the title “How To Pick Up Girls.”)
Panel Title: The Pick-Up Artist
Man: It says to “neg” you now.

Panel 12
(A man sits at a computer, waving his fists, cartoon sweat droplets flying, apparently overcome with fury.)
Panel Title: The Gamergater
Man: How dare feminists say some gamers are sexist? @#%*ing whores!

Panel 13
(A 30ish man with a small beard and his nose stuck high in the air is speaking, arms folded.)
Panel Title: The Comparison Shopper
Man: U.S. Women should be embarassed to whine about “sexism” when Saudi Arabia is so much worse!
Arrow-shaped caption pointing to man: Deeply distressed by anti-male bias in “Harry Potter.”

Panel 14
(A middle-aged man wearing a bathrobe and sunglasses grins while holding a glass of wine.)
Panel Title: Creepy
Man: When you think about it, it’s natural that teen girls are attracted to middle-aged men. Wanna see my hot tub?

Panel 15
(A young man spreads his hands wide, in an “oh come on!” sort of gesture.)
Panel Title: Won’t Get Fooled Again
Man: If females aren’t liars, then why do they wear makeup? Huh? Why? Explain!

Panel 16
(A man with stubble and spikey hair, and weird wide eyes, a huge scowling mouth, and fist held balled up at shoulder height, is yelling. He trembles with rage.)
Panel Title: Mr Buzzword
Man: PC militant misandrist cultural Marxist gynocentric authoritarian cuck snowflack SJW gender troglodytes!

Panel 17
(A 30ish man with short black hair speaks angrily towards the viewer. In the background, a cheerful young woman stands, arms akimbo.)
Panel Title: Going His Own Way
Man: This 20 year old doesn’t want to sleep with me so I’m giving up women forever!
Woman: Promises, promises…

Panel 18
(A young man stands with his back mostly to the viewer, trembling with suppressed emotion. We can see a bit of his face; he has a distressed expression, and is trembling.)
Panel Title: The Open Wound
Man: Hearing people defend feminism is so painful it might kill me! …I demand that you defend feminism!

Panel 19
(A young man, wearing a tank top with a “male symbol” circle and arrow on it, points straight at the viewer and has an accusing expression.)
Panel Title: He’s Rubber, You’re Glue
Man: Feminazis are the real misogynists!

Panel 20
(A nicely-dressed woman with cats eye glasses and a fashionable haircut holds up a finger to make a point.)
Panel Title: The That’s Not Real Rape Lady
Woman: But if she didn’t say “no” a fifth time, then…

Panel 21
(A man with messy hair yells hugely into the air.)
Panel Title: Back Away Slowly
Man: Females have conspired to lower men’s sperm counts!

Panel 22
(A man with a very intense expression and a t-shirt that says “Red Pill” speaks to the viewer.)
Panel Title: Back Away Quickly
Man: Women control the sexual market so I am forced to “go alpha” and “take control” in a way that just barely falls short of rape!

Panel 23
(A smiling man with a dark suit and slicked-back hair speaks, looking relaxed and confident.)
Panel Title: The SpokesMAN
Man: As a man, I know all real men hate feminism! Because that’s how manly men roll!

Panel 24
(We see a door with wooden planks nailed across it to lock it closed. Next to the door a sign has been taped to the wall, which says “keep OUT!” There is a slot in the door; a voice comes out from the slot.)
Panel Title: Wee Bit Paranoid
Voice: THEY’RE COMING FOR OUR PORN!

Panel 25
(A cheerful young man with curly hair sits in front of a laptop computer.)
Panel Title: The Amazing Twitterman!
Man: I will prove this feminist wrong by tweeting an anonymous rape threat!

Panel 26
(A balding man, looking honestly bewildered, holds out a hand in explanation.)
Panel Title: It’s Science!
Man: How can feminists deny that women evolved to love dusting? Clearly they’re anti-science!

Panel 27
(A man, very close up, screams in the viewers face, wide mouth and sweat droplets flying.)
Panel Title: The Swiss Army Knife Of Hate
Man: Feminazis! And race pimps! And moose limbs! And Jews! And…

Panel 28
(A woman, smiling, stands in an enormous pile of money. From off-panel, a hand shoots out, holding papers out to her.)
Panel Title: The Anti-Feminist Feminist
Woman: Speaking as a feminist, feminism is evil! Oh, look, another book contract.

Panel 29
(A young man is talking at a woman in the foreground, waving his hands around his head.)
Panel Title: The Subject Changer
Man: And speaking of whatever it is you’re talking about, male circumcision is worse than Hitler!

Panel 30
(An older, professorial man, holding a pipe, looks down his nose at the viewer.)
Panel Title: The Traditionalist
Man: Women hold jobs now? I despair for the ruin of our once-great society…

Panel 31
(A muscular man speaks, smiling and relaxed and perhaps a bit smug.)
Panel Title: The Anti-Male Anti-Feminist
Man: Men can’t be expected to refrain when women wear short skirts… because all men are beasts!

Panel 32
(A sock puppet of a young woman with a striped hoodie is being held up, the arm of the person holding it coming up from below the bottom of the panel.)
Panel Title: The Sock Puppet
Puppet: Brad is right! Feminazis do hate men! So says I, a total stranger who just happened to come across this discussion.

Panel 33
(A well-dressed man with glasses speaks, eyebrows knitted with anger.)
Panel Title: The “Divorce Opened My Eyes” Guy
Man: The government forces me to pay child support. Now I see that men are slaves.

Panel 34
A somewhat hippie-looking guy – long hair in a ponytail, plaid shirt – is speaking, a smile on his face, but with condescending body language.
Panel Title: The Marxist
Man: I strongly support feminism! (Until it distracts from actually important issues like class.)

Panel 35
(A person with ambiguous gender speaks very intensely, one finger pointing into the air to make a point.)
Panel Title: The Free Speech Purist
Person: Accusing others of sexism is trying to shut them up which is censorship! Which is why you should shut up.

Panel 36
(An intense man, reading off an incredibly long list he holds up in one hand, glares at another man in the foreground.)
Panel Title: The Cartoon Critic
INTENSE MAN: It’s a list of 406 ways your vomit-worthy travesty of a “cartoon” is dishonest, deceitful and full of lies!

Kicker panel below bottom of strip.
(And older, very angry man in a striped shirt shakes his fist in the air as he speaks.)
Man: He only made this cartoon because he’s hoping it’ll get him laid! Pathetic cuck loser!

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New Comic at The Nib – “If It Looks Like a Duck”

Cartoon by Barry

I have a new comic up at The Nib today! This is a very unusual comic strip for me – it’s autobio, a genre I almost never do. It’s about what happened to me when I took a job playing a female duck.

Posted in Feminist cartoons, LGBT cartoons |

Trial

Cartoon by Barry

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Transcript

Panel 1

(This panel, and all the panels that follow except the final panel, are colored in cheerful blues and blue-greens. This panel shows only the title of the strip, in large letters, overlapping a drawing of a judge’s gave.)

TITLE: Trial.

Panel 2

(A courtroom scene, showing a JUDGE, a DA, and a PRISONER.)

JUDGE: What are the charges against this prisoner?

DA: The prisoner is accused of being a woman in public!

Panel 3

(A closer shot of the prisoner and the judge; the judge is angrily admonishing the prisoner/)

PRISONER: Can I say…

JUDGE: No you can’t! You have to be silent!

Panel 4

(A large panel showing the DA as he sternly talks.)

DA: The charge isn’t just being a woman… She didn’t smile. Not even when I told her two! She wouldn’t share her phone number…. She wore clothing I found provocative. She used sarcasm!

Panel 5

(The prisoner angrily speaks up, but the judge and DA yell and interrupt her.)

PRISONER: This is ridic–

JUDGE AND DA: QUIET!

Panel 6

(The DA continues talking, looking serious and reasonable.)

DA: Most damning of all, the prisoner is accused of being unavailable for our immediate sexual use!

Panel 7

(The DA, warming to his theme, spreads his arms wide in the air as he talks.)

DA: By existing in public yet not sleeping with us, this woman flagrantly attacks our masculinity.

Panel 8

(Overcome with emotion, the DA lifts his clenched fists to his face and weeps cartoony tears that fly away from his face.)

DA: She even does this right in front of our male peers! Oh the humiliation!

Panel 9

(The judge leans forward and points at the prisoner as he speaks. The DA looks smug.)

JUDGE: I’ve heard enough! The prisoner is guilty!

PRISONER: What about my defense?

Panel 10

(A close-up of the judge as he raises his gavel and looks angry.)

JUDGE: I don’t want to hear it! I will now pronounce your sentence….

Panel 11

(The scene has completely switched to a slightly grubby street, colored in shades of dim brown. There is an alleyway in the background, with trash and litter. There is a bench, with two guys in very casual dress on it, both yelling after a woman who is walking by them quickly, her eyes firmly fixed on the ground in front of her. The two guys are the same guys who have been the Judge and DA in the earlier panels, and the woman was earlier seen as the Prisoner.)

DA: Hey! What’s your name?

JUDGE: Give us a smile.

DA: You got a number?

JUDGE: Don’t ignore me!

DA: We didn’t want you anyway!

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The Wage Gap and How Much Women Work

Cartoon by Barry

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This cartoon is by Barry Deutsch and Becky Hawkins.

Transcript:

Panel 1
In the foreground, a middle-aged man types on his laptop. Behind him, a yelling child is calling to the man, while the child’s mother, holding an infant, shushes him. A caption shows us what the man is typing.
JUNIOR: Dad! Dad! DAD!
MOTHER: Junior, let your father work.
CAPTION: “The ‘wage gap’…”

Panel 2
Same scene. The boy has calmed down, and the mother is bringing him along by the shoulder as she exits. The mother looks exhausted, and the baby is pulling on her hair.
MOTHER: I’m going out – I have to meet with Junior’s teacher and do groceries and pick up your dry cleaning and…
CAPTION: “…mostly disappears….”

Panel 3
The mom has departed, but the man, still typing, turns his head to call out after her.
MAN: Oh, the nursing home left a message about my mother… Would you take care of that?
CAPTION: “…when you control for the fact…”

Panel 4
The man turns back to typing.
MAN (thought balloon): Hope she makes stew for dinner tonight.
CAPTION: “…that women work far fewer hours than men.”

Posted in Becky Hawkins collaborations, Economic cartoons, Feminist cartoons |

Pro-Life Journalism

Cartoon by Barry

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Transcript of cartoon:

PANEL 1
A man in a jacket and tie is listening to a woman in a striped shirt speak.
WOMAN: We at Planned Parenthood don’t sell fetuses. We donate fetuses for medical research. There’s a fee for expenses, but we never profit.

PANEL 2
The man turns his back towards the viewer and is facing the woman’s word balloon from panel 1, which has remained in the cartoon, but is now mostly hidden by the man stepping in front of it. He has produced a magic marker and is making marks on the woman’s word balloon; the marker makes a “squeak squeak squeak” sound effect. The woman is puzzled by this development.
MAN: Hold on a minute…

PANEL 3
The man has turned back towards the viewers, and is holding up the woman’s word balloon from panel one. He has crossed off most of the words on the balloon; the remain words read “We at Planned Parenthood… sell… fetuses… for… profit.” He is pointing an accusing finger at the woman while yelling. The woman looks very surprised.
MAN: LOOK! SHE CONFESSED!

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What If All The Defaults Were Reset?

Cartoon by Barry

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Transcript of cartoon:

What If All The Defaults Were Reset?

Panel 1

(A suspicious-looking young white man in a sweater, arms crossed, is listening to a magical fairy, who is speaking earnestly to him while hovering in the air on her two small wings. The Fairy is dark-skinned, has her head shaved except for a little poof of hair on top, has no arms below the elbows, and has two little feathered wings.)

FAIRY: When you’re not the “societal default” – white, straight, male, cis, etc – it’s like a thousand little weights!

Panel 2

(Sweater-dude looks angry, and has lifted his arms in the air to make a point.)

SWEATER-DUDE: You minorities always make a big deal out of nothing… I’m sure it’s not hard to handle!

Panel 3

(The Fairy, a wild grin on her face, casts a spell – we know because a caption says “casting cool magic spell” – and a big cloud of magic smoke appears where Sweater-Dude was.)

FAIRY: Okay, let’s see!

Panels 4-13
(These panels form a giant circle. They can be read starting with any panel.)

Panel 4

(A man with an eyepatch puts his hands on his face in a gesture of astonishment.)

MAN: You identify as the sex you were assigned at birth? Whoa! So what does your junk look like?

Panel 5

(A fat woman with cat’s eye glasses and a striped crop top is giving instructions with a cheerful, helpful demeanor..)

WOMAN: If you’d just stop undereating you could be fat. You can do it!

Panel 6

(An irritated looking woman with curly hair, arms akimbo, is asking a question.)

WOMAN: ¡Habla español! Esto es América!

Panel 7
(An older woman with a punk haircut makes a shrugging “what can we do?” gesture.)

WOMAN: Sure, nearly all the Senators and CEOs are women. But how is that sexist against men?

Panel 8

(A young person with tattoos looks anxious as they speak.)

WOMAN: Have you tried being queer? Really really tried? I only ask because I want you to be happy!

Panel 9

(An older woman looks up from a TV Guide, looking puzzled..)

WOMAN: Why would anyone watch a TV show about young people?

Panel 10

(A cheerful man wearing a yarmulke is giving helpful advice. His hands are flapping in the air around his face.)

MAN: Couldn’t you just try making stimming gestures? You don’t want to seem weird!

Panel 11

(A woman holds her hand over her mouth in a gesture of dismay and astonishment.)

WOMAN: You like sex? That must be so hard.

Panel 12

(A man in a wheelchair spreads out his hands to indicate being impressed..)

MAN: You walk everywhere? Wow! I could never live like that!

Panel 13

(A young Black woman looks at the viewer with a friendly “just asking questions” expression.)

WOMAN: Why do white people talk with that accent? And can I touch your hair?

Panel 14

(This panel is surrounded by the circle formed by panels 4-13. It shows Sweater-Dude, wide-eyed and panicked, hands on the sides of his face.)

SWEATER-DUDE: What’s happening?

Panel 15
(This panel, occupying the bottom third of the comic, shows the Fairy speaking directly to the viewer. In the background, we can see Sweater-Dude, with the giant circle formed by panels 4-13 on his back. Sweater-Dude is trembling with the effort of holding up so much weight.)

FAIRY: If you have to lift this weight every day of your entire life…

Plus the weight of historical inequalities plus the weight of institutional oppression…

It can all add up to a crushing load!

If that weight looks petty to you … Maybe that’s because it’s not on your back.

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It’s Great To See Such Diverse Job Applicants

Cartoon by Barry

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Transcript of cartoon:

Panel 1 shows four executives sitting at a desk. We can only see the backs of their heads; they all have the same height and haircut. The four executives are facing a large group of people dressed up for a job application. There are a similar number of women and men, who appear to be of a range of ages, races, sizes, and ethnic backgrounds. One applicant is using crutches to stand.
EXEC 2: It’s great to see such diverse job applicants! Rest assured, our firm does not discriminate against women or minorities.

Panel 2. We are now looking at the four executives from the front. They are all identical white men in business suits.
EXEC 1: But we can’t hire everybody, so… Anyone who didn’t graduate from the “right” kind of college, please leave.

Panel 3
EXEC 2: Anyone with family responsibilities that could interfere with work, please leave.

Panel 4
EXEC 3: Anyone without a recommendation from someone already in the field, please leave.

Panel 5
EXEC 4: Anyone whose accent or look or gender presentation wouldn’t be a “fit” for our firm’s existing culture, please leave.

Panel 6 shows the applicants again; only one is left. Other than being younger, he looks precisely like the four executives.
EXEC 4: Gentleman, we’ve found our new hire!

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