Thurber and the sexes: the cartoons

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(This posting started from an attempt to replace all the links to James Thurber cartoons in Mark's "He bold as a hawk, she soft as a dawn" posting of 9/14/06, here, after the initial Dilbert cartoon, which is still available. All the links are broken, and Mark and I can't figure out which cartoons are supposed to go in which slots. So here's a big compendium of Thurber cartoons on the relations beween the sexes.)

I'll start with the title cartoon:

And then three famous cartoons on the topic, on marriage, male anxiety (this cartoon is entitled "Home"), and the war between the sexes:

On to couples, with the woman in control (the first with a phonetic difference between social dialects):

And aggressive women, in various situations:

Women dissing or putting down men:

And women dissing one another:

Men annoyed at women:

(Apparently) ditzy women:

The poetic reference is to Tennyson's "The Brook":

I come from haunts of coot and hern,
I make a sudden sally
And sparkle out among the fern,
To bicker down a valley.

On to men on the make or under the spell:

(Note the dog.)

A male fantasy:

And two moments of surreal unfaithfulness:

There's even more.


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