The New York State chapter of the National Organization for Women has released a statement denouncing New York Daily News Cartoonist Bill Bramhall for a recently published editorial cartoon depicting Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as a “loud mouth need of gagging.”
In their statement they write,
And exactly what is Bill Bramhall’s gripe? Could it be that the Senator speaks her mind, is a strong advocate for the people of New York, and has aspirations for her career? Possibly it’s all of the above.
But the cruel reality is that strong women have an uphill battle, simply because many cartoonists, comedians, and average guys just can’t handle women who reach for what is rightfully theirs – equality! Some men look at women like Senator Gillibrand as a threat to their masculinity, their careers, and their power bases. But our Senator is in good company, what with her predecessor Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, and a host of other women politicians having endured similar treatment.
Bramhall’s phallic symbols send a clear message that women are good for only one thing. And the disrespectful cartoon certainly touches on concerns feminists have had for centuries. What contributes to violence against women is the general attitude about women in general.
NOW-NY has demanded that the Daily News show more respect toward the senator and all women.