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Drawing Conclusions: Editorial Cartoonists Consider Hillary Rodham Clinton
A Film by Elaine K. Miller
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Editorial cartoonists mine the metaphors of our social landscape. This program takes up the questions of how cartoonists approach their work and the role of stereotypes in cartoon messages.

Nationally syndicated editorial cartoonists Jeff MacNelly, Mike Peters, Paul Szep, and Ann Telnaes (one of the very few women in the profession) comment on portrayals of Hillary Rodham Clinton, a First Lady who has tapped a deep reservoir of gender-based sentiments on the part of the U.S. public. They also reflect on why there are so few women in the editorial cartooning profession, and what that might mean both for the profession and for the reading public.

The cartoonists' ability to engage us raises questions about the role that editorial cartoons may play not only in reflecting but also in shaping the terms of public discourse about gender issues. Understanding how the cartoons work is an exercise in visual literacy.

"An excellent resource for classes in rhetoric, visual communication, political discourse and gender studies. The presentation gives students an opportunity to observe caricature in the making, visual claims, and rhetoric as satire - in a witty and instructive format. I highly recommend the video and study guide as a source of spirited classroom discussion and innovative assignments." - Diane S. Hope, Ph.D., Professor of Rhetoric and Visual Communication, Rochester Institute of Technology

"An excellent springboard for a discussion with your class about gender stereotypes. Clearly demonstrates that strong, assertive women are especially likely to be the victims of discrimination and bias." - The Psychology of Women

"Succinctly and incisively helps viewers understand the nature of political satire and its place in American journalism. An excellent framework for class discussion and further research." - Journalism & Mass Communication Educator


26 minutes / color
Closed Captioned
Release: 1998
Copyright: 1998
Sale: $248

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Subject areas:
Communications, Cultural Studies, Journalism, Media Studies, Women's Studies

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Related Titles:
Running Mate: Eye-opening examination of cartoonists' portrayal of Geraldine Ferraro during her unsuccessful candidacy for the U.S. Vice Presidency.

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