• Miller

    This is really good, I never thought about this kind of coding before. I can see it as visual shorthand, similar to the parent on cellphone = BAD PARENT nonsense TV and movies love to traffic in, but while that’s dumb it isn’t bound up in specific gender toxicity. The only male counterpart that comes to mind in cartoons is in Trevor in James Bond, Jr. (which is a thing that existed) – he was a snob who was always nattily dressed with a bow tie that coded “this guy is a prick,” his fastidious appearance was definitely an indicator of vanity and self-regard but his actions spoke to that as well.

  • dagnabbitt

    The vanity=cruelty trope is an interesting observation.