If we branded environmentalism as “macho”

Most people seem to get the sarcasm of this cartoon, but I’d like to be clear that my intention is to neither deprecate the “feminine” nor celebrate hyper-masculinity. I’ve been wanting to write a comic for a while about how virtually everything is gendered, especially when it comes to political rhetoric. Trump’s statements about climate change (and, well, lots of other things too) are loaded with manly-man dog whistles. Which is ironic, considering that Trump is hardly a chiseled specimen of manhood — the low-energy duffer had to ride in a golf cart behind European leaders as they walked a short distance. The thing is, a large swath of the American electorate is, unfortunately, swayed by tough talk — however stupid — and a fear of being perceived as weak or female. And I’m afraid that to reach those people, you may need to “speak their language” to some extent, by appealing to ideas of toughness. But toughness should not be understood as necessarily male. Caring for the planet we inhabit is a form of strength, virtue, and personal responsibility, qualities that can apply to men and women equally. Incidentally, I wouldn’t go so far as to call Republicans “climate cucks” in real life, as that particular term has problematic alt-right origins, and I use it satirically here. But climate weaklings? Hell yeah.


  • InheritTheWindow

    Where Pence is concerned, few things infuriated me more than him referring to trump’s “broad-shouldered foreign policy.” It was unbelievable sexist dog-whistling. He knew it, knew it was wrong, and did it anyway.

    • Jen Sorensen

      I think I missed that one. Gag!

  • https://actualconversationswithmyhusband.com ACWMH

    This could work. We just need a way to hang those ridiculous tennis ball testicles from a bicycle…

    • Jen Sorensen

      Now that would have been a great cartoon gag.

  • Alan Barta

    Bravo the heroic bicyclist! Once thought it was worse to breathe car exhaust alongside, but turns out highway fumes get concentrated and more injurious for those stuck inside an automotive cage.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.