Laughing for a Change

[Editor’s Note: 3/8/2011 is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.  This seemed like a good day to post this TED Talk.]

Cartoonist Liza Donnelly gave an interesting TED Talk combining autobiography, cartoons, and culture ideas of gender.  She starts like this:

Back in the ’50s and ’60s, when I was growing up, little girls were supposed to be kind and thoughtful and pretty and gentle and soft.  And we were supposed to fit into roles that were sort of shadowy.  Really not quite clear what we were supposed to be.

It is a fun and thought-provoking talk.  Click below to watch.


3 responses to “Laughing for a Change

  1. Will, fantastic! I am forwarding to all of my feminist friends! They will love it. You’re the best. I am glad that Laurie got me to sign up again for IL

    Kathy Bishop

  2. Jonathan Groves


    Thanks for sharing! Humor can be a powerful message.

    I wonder where the cartoons are on unequal salaries between equally qualified men and women in the same job or on women being able to succeed in mathematics and science and other so-called “man” careers just as much as men or on other equal rights for both men and women. My understanding is that such issues are the real focus of feminist movements.

    And such foci make sense to me. I hate it when men are paid more for the same job than a woman who is equally qualified because sex has nothing to do with how much a professional deserves to earn. I also hate to see women being driven into a corner with their career options with pravalent myths such as “men are better at math and science than women.” Women are not defined in such ways and never will be.

    In fact, women deserve great respect because they do not commit anywhere near as many violent crimes as men do (over 90% of violent crimes are committed by men, not women) and less suspectible to corruption (of course, there are exceptions, but this seems to be a general trend) than men are and because women are childbearers, not men.

    The following related article I had seen last week caught my attention:


    I have not read the book, and I do question what Dan Abrams means by “better” at something. For instance, women being better at avoiding corruption makes them better cops than men in this regard, but being a good cop is far more than just avoiding being corrupted. The same goes for politics. Even if Chief Wiggum on “The Simpsons” could avoid all corruption, he would still make a very poor cop: He’s fat, lazy, and stupid. But this article is definitely related to this post and is definitely worth looking at further and still reveals some interesting information.

    Jonathan Groves

  3. Jonathan Groves


    Darn it! The link to the article vanished in my post. Do you know what might have happened?

    Jonathan Groves

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