The cartoon on the right was sent to a friend of mine (by another woman about our age) in the spirit of “isn’t this hilarious?”. My friend sent it on to me to ask what I thought.
My suspicion is that the subtext of her request for my reaction was along the lines of “have I lost my sense of humour?”
Well if she has, so have I. Rarely have I seen such an ugly, demeaning piece of “humour”.
But that’s not really my point.
Most of us are old enough to remember the energy of the feminist movement 40 or so years ago. We didn’t refer to it as liberation for nothing. What was the main weapon the right wing media used against us? That’s right, “humour”. They tried to make us afraid of being laughed at. We were hairy-legged lesbian feminists. (There’s something bad about that???) They tried to reduce us to stereotypes and stick us back in the kitchen.
Now we’re in our 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond and it seems the same tactics are coming around again.
Well let’s make a pact that we won’t be shoved into the background. Being humourless isn’t actually that important. Being rendered invisible or an object of derision because of our age is.
If you see anything like the cartoon above that makes you feel uncomfortable, send it on to me and I’ll do an occasional ‘name and shame’ feature. How about it?