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... to wonder if these pictures are offensive?

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MrsPeacockInTheLibrary Tue 09-Jun-20 21:55:19

There were shared by an artist on a Facebook group. I think they seem offensive in some sense - but then I have also been told I am too sensitive and overthink everything. I also wonder if the original intention of the author matters, or the geographical origin of the pictures in relation to what is the style of humour captured.

I am trying to be more aware of when to "get over myself" so I would be interested to see what others think.

YABU - they are not offensive at all
YANBU - I can see what you mean

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Freixene Tue 09-Jun-20 22:17:53

I think they’re old fashioned and I definitely wouldn’t be buying one. But I can’t really see who they would be offensive to.

bridgetreilly Tue 09-Jun-20 22:20:15

Who do you think they are offending?

StarScream22 Tue 09-Jun-20 22:21:44


Livelovebehappy Tue 09-Jun-20 22:22:15

Nope. Can’t see on any level how these are offensive.

EinsteinaGogo Tue 09-Jun-20 22:22:47

I would say: they are ugly, they are unappealing, they're not decorative and they are crap, but are they offensive?


BritWifeinUSA Tue 09-Jun-20 22:23:02

Definitely not my style or taste but I don’t see anything that could be labeled as “offensive” there.

whoknowswhichwayisup Tue 09-Jun-20 22:23:35

They're not nice pictures- but that's the style I don't like. What's the offensive bit?

WhenAllsSaidandDone Tue 09-Jun-20 22:24:12

Can't work out what I'm supposed to be looking at. Can't see anything weird there except perhaps the first photo, which I'm trying to figure out what s/he (?) is doing?

Mnthrowaway20202 Tue 09-Jun-20 22:24:13

I think the main character’s breasts are over exaggerated - it’s bit over sexualised/gross

Other than that I have no idea what the comic is supposed to represent

Haffiana Tue 09-Jun-20 22:26:01

What on earth are your overthinks about them, OP?

merryhouse Tue 09-Jun-20 22:26:35

she's warming her arse up against the fire

EinsteinaGogo Tue 09-Jun-20 22:26:46

As PP said, is it gross, but to be offensive it has to be hurtful and/or upsetting to someone.

Are these portraits of you? If they are, then yes, they are offensive!!!

sleepydragons Tue 09-Jun-20 22:26:46

They are awful pictures but not offensive

louderthan1 Tue 09-Jun-20 22:26:52

They're horrible. Almost spooky. I know what you mean OP. There's something in them that's very reductive and stereotypical.

MrsPeacockInTheLibrary Tue 09-Jun-20 22:27:22

For me it's the way the woman's body has been portrayed (objectified?) in comparison to the other figures in these drawings. It broadly links to an area of academic study in my past - female representation in media etc, so that's why it is good for me to check where my thinking lies. As I said, I have been accused of overthinking things!

But I am also aware of the tradition of seaside postcard humour - which this reminds me of.

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EdersonsSmileyTattoo Tue 09-Jun-20 22:28:34

Nope. Not in the slightest bit offensive confused

MrsPeacockInTheLibrary Tue 09-Jun-20 22:28:38

Yes, I see offensive was too strong a word. Thank you.

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123rd Tue 09-Jun-20 22:28:55

Can't get excited about them

merryhouse Tue 09-Jun-20 22:29:13

and I wouldn't call it a "style of humour" at all - more a social history illustration

(unless there are captions which haven't been included)

KeepWashingThoseHands Tue 09-Jun-20 22:29:35

I have other feelings but am not 'offended'.

TitianaTitsling Tue 09-Jun-20 22:29:52

Why are they offending you? Anything can be 'offensive' as that's a personal inference.

Mnthrowaway20202 Tue 09-Jun-20 22:30:27

Are the sketches supposed to be separate or are all 4 combined telling a story?

MrsPeacockInTheLibrary Tue 09-Jun-20 22:30:54


They're horrible. Almost spooky. I know what you mean OP. There's something in them that's very reductive and stereotypical.

Thank you louder than - those are better words for what I am trying to articulate. It's an area I find interesting - how women are represented in the media and in public spaces - even though I am long past having to write essays about it!

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MrsPeacockInTheLibrary Tue 09-Jun-20 22:31:50

To clarify - the words reductive and stereotypical.

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