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Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs is a famous cartoonist who lived from 1875 to 1930.

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  1. Avatar North
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    No, dear lady, you haven’t done anything that he should speak that way to you.

    That last panel. I know it’s a running gag from an over a century old artist but it still makes my hackles bristle. I then re-review it and look at the daughter and feel a certain tingle of history tickling the back of my neck. That lady is going to grow up to be a suffragette, yes? We’re virtually peering back through time and looking at the ripples of the first wave of feminism.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to North
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      This was a frequent story-telling device that Briggs used. A way to convey that a character was a jerk without showing the jerkiness. There’s definitely a gender component. It’s usually (though not always) a man who flew off the handle, and usually (though not always) an employee/underling, woman, or child as the target, with the first often a secretary or other woman.

      But anyway, yeah, it’s definitely there.Report

    • Avatar Kolohe in reply to North
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      Based on my guess on the daughter’s (?) age, she’d be about 8-10 years older than, and possibly mentor of, Betty Friedan.Report

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