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The Old Pussy-Scalping Joke

In what can only be a case of insanity, a clearly white male child dressed as an “Indian” (for certainly something so racist in humor didn’t intend dignity with a Native American credit — even if this looks like it’s from the 1940s), scalps a woman — she’s left holding her “smarting” genitals while the kid runs off triumphant with the neat & bloodless triangle slice of fur-pie.

Even if we can manage to get past the racism, if we can write that off as an ignorant time, how do we overlook the other obvious issues?

A boy possesses the intimate proximity to a mature pussy.
A boy has the ability to brandish, as well as wield, a weapon.

Oh, and what the hell is she wearing?

It’s damn near impossible not to feel the misogyny here when a immature male has the ability and the right to assault not only a female but an adult one.

Though this still may not be as creepy as that bit on Mad Men when the kid wants a lock of Betty’s hair and she gives it to him. (Shh, don’t tell me more about that — I just got the first two seasons on DVD for Christmas and am slowly watching them.)

Image of what I believe to be a vintage postcard found at S & M = Smoke & Mirrors; and credited to this site — but after a dozen attempts to find it there, I conceded failure. And burned-out eyeballs due to the horrid background. If anyone knows anything more, please confess it.

Posted in Ephemera, Postcards, Racist, Sexism.

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  1. robin says

    I think the mind that might find this cartoon funny must be an adolescent one. First, because they’d be able to relate to the ‘kid playing Indian’ trope and, second, because the short leap between fuzzy triangle and female genitals would be new, interesting and therefore hilarious.
    Anyone older is going to consider the human politics of the cartoon, which are unpleasant, and which would short-circuit a humorous reaction.
    When I see dated and stupid cartoons like this example of vintage sleaze, I wonder how our own time will be viewed 50 years from now? What, which to us seems ordinary and normal, will seem horrifically dumb to people of that time?
    I’ll bet that the artist here never for a minute considered whether her clothing was appropriate, as long as it was skimpy/sexy, any more than he would consider the physics of removing hair with a blunt stone implement.



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