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Joanie

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A book by G. B. and Trudeau

The Doonesbury cartoon character Joanie teaches the girls in her day care center some of the concepts of feminism.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Tags: Books, Comic Strips, Doonesbury
Author: Trudeau, G. B.
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
1 review about Joanie

It is a very good thing that the modern young woman will have little understanding of the point of this book

  • Jun 15, 2010
Rating:
+5
People that were socially conscious during the seventies will have no trouble understanding the point of this book, but the latest generation will have no idea what most of the cartoons mean. The book is a collection of Doonesbury cartoons featuring Ms. Joanie Caucus, a woman that would have been described as a "women's liberation feminist."
Ms. Caucus is the sole adult in a day care center and she is trying to get the female children to think more about having careers that had traditionally been restricted to males. She faces some initial minor resistance from both genders of children, but her real problem is with the male parents of the female children. One father grows so heated that he pulls his daughter from the daycare.
It is very difficult for the modern female child to realize how restricted female careers were forty years ago. I have a teenage daughter and there have been several occasions when we were talking about careers and I gave her a historical perspective on how much things have changed. Until I pointed it out she had no idea that she has so many opportunities that simply did not exist when her mother was growing up.
Some changes are very positive and expanding opportunities for women is one of them. Therefore, it is good that this book has been rendered obsolete and incomprehensible to the modern young woman. Nevertheless, it is a worthy look back at the way things were.

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