Feminine Riles: Cartoons to promote thought by Carol A. Edwards
Patriarchy [pay-tree-r-key, noun]: A word, like war, rape, lynch or genocide, which encompasses within a few letters so much evil, so much stupidity, so much destruction, pain and hurt. Patriarchy is a dysfunctional social system which originated a brief 3 to 5 millennia ago. It is a human artefact built on the concepts of male superiority and misogyny; militarism, slavery, the dominance of a few, the expendability of the many; the objectification of the other, including our Mother the Earth; and the hatred of anyone not of our tribe, as well as those of the tribe who do not slavishly and mindlessly follow its rules for behaviour. Our mission is to confront the ills created by patriarchy - to make this world a better place by creating cartoons to promote thought. Understand we all swim in a toxic pool of patriarchal sludge - attitudes, beliefs, prejudices. We want our cartoons to encourage you to think deeply and critically about what you read, hear and see. We want you look at what we have so long taken for granted. We want you to get riled-up at the astonishing silliness and senselessness of the things the patriarchy has taught us to accept. And that is especially true with respect to its daughters: The absurdity, the cruelty, the inexplicability of how we think about half the human race, behave towards females, organize women's lives and choose to shape our societies on a truly strange platform of outdated and sexist ideas.