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depth of character, to express more nuanced perceptions, to have a little more joy and laughter in life, rather than portraying her as a mostly humorless feminist. They would have allowed her to have friends! I always wanted my friends Huey Freeman, from Aaron Mc- Gruder’s Boondocks, or Marji, the wonderful girl from Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, outspo- ken critic of the Islamic fundamentalists in Iran, to be on some episodes. Or, the writers might have allowed Lisa to meet up with some of her precursors, as I mentioned above—be- cause you know, as cartoons, we live forever! Used with permission from Martin Perscheid (perscheidcartoons.com) MS: I love the idea of Lisa getting together with Little Lulu and Betty Boop! LS: Yes, that would really be fun! And by the way, my mother, Marge, has also felt cramped by the writers. Their portrayal of Marge is that she has forsaken her more radical “hippy” youth, and is now just a Springfield housewife. But my mother wanted to fill out her character, show that Marge is still an independent spir- it—she proposed an episode in which Marge formed a housewives’ protest group to fight for wages for housework, inspired by Selma James’ 1972 pamphlet, The Power of Women and The Subversion of the Com- munity. But that was be- yond the pale of the male writers’ curiosity and went nowhere—I think it would have resonated with women writers. I’m saying that one tragic problem of patriarchy’s effect on art and humor is that it constricts creative or imaginative vision. Here’s a cartoon I’ve been carrying around in my wallet—I don’t remember where I found it—be- cause it illustrates that constriction of vision: What we see here is the man giving a woman a broom, with an as- sumption of how it will be used. The humor lies in her actual use of the broom, which transcends his limited vision. Our writers are still stuck with their patriarchal blinders. 38 W W W .T I K K U N . O R G WINTER 2019