Shrubtown October 16, 2019

Opinion: Shrubtown

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By Marc Stopeck

Answer Book Editor/ Editorial Cartoonist / Weekly Sales Representative


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Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: October 19th, 2019 11:31 AM

Great job. Don't worry about the trolls here.

Bert Fischer  

Posted: October 19th, 2019 8:22 AM

Marc, great cartoon. I guess if a woman does anything worth making fun of and you make a cartoon about it, it will be sexist to some. To most it will be a cartoon. Keep up the good work.

Kathy Y Minn from Oak Park  

Posted: October 19th, 2019 12:31 AM

I appreciate the cartoon's acknowledgement that when women speak up publicly, they're liable to find themselves thoughtlessly trolled. Unfortunately, this point was nearly lost on me due to the cartoon's far more visible suggestion (that the female trustee's emotional response must have come from a place devoid of thinking or listening). I agree with Steve L's point ("dog whistle of civility") & share Leslie Sutphen's disgust. Did Buchanan make some impulsive and regrettable choices in communicating her point? Absolutely. But this could be a growth opportunity if those calling for her head on a platter would step back & try to understand what experiences might have driven her frustration to build to such a point. Mansplaining is a well-documented phenomenon. And when discussing inequity or oppression, perhaps the new default rule should be that white people sit quietly and try to listen to & learn from people of color; that men try to listen to/learn from women; that straight/cis people try to listen to & learn from LGBT people, etc. In any event, white men will probably get better results if they start at least *trying* to understand why they may not be viewed as those who are best qualified to personally drive the language of an equity statement. Do I understand why Trustee Moroney might have been taken aback, even offended? Absolutely. But public figures need to be able to handle the fact that not everyone is going to be polite to them all the time, and the continuing escalation of this drama is ridiculous. As an Oak Park parent, I'm embarrassed by both the example that this series of events is setting for our young people and the caricature it's drawing of our Village. I'd love to see Trustee Moroney (and anyone else still harping on this) pause to consider the old wisdom of two wrongs not making a right--and no, neither do three wrongs, or four. Please, sir, stop piling on already, call off your trolls, and allow Trustee Buchanan to get on with her life.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: October 18th, 2019 9:03 PM

OK. Since when is an editorial cartoon supposed to be "Meh." Marc, judging by the comments, I think you achieved your goal

Mary Anderson from OAK PARK  

Posted: October 18th, 2019 8:42 PM

I am sick and tired of the sexism of the Wednesday Journal. They are constantly attacking the female leaders in this community - depicting them as witches, calling them "shrill" or "aggressive," while fawning over several of the male leaders and failing to investigate their ethical lapses.

Heather Cohen from Oak Park  

Posted: October 18th, 2019 6:30 PM

This is appalling and completely ignores the context, both before and after, of what's happened. I've never considered the Wednesday Journal much in the way of independent journalism but this is truly a new low.

Steve Loranz from Oak Park  

Posted: October 18th, 2019 5:26 PM

Yes, scorn. Not scorn for you being "white enough", rather for blowing the dog whistle of "civility" that summons threats on a woman's safety and a media smear campaign for the offense of passionately representing her constituents and daring to raise her voice in order to be heard. You are entitled to your opinion and you have a platform to express it. I'm also entitled to my opinion that this comic sucks.

Deborah Zari from Berwyn  

Posted: October 18th, 2019 5:18 PM

Marc, I think you've finally topped Jingle Jews. :)

Carrie Marling Bankes from Oak Park  

Posted: October 18th, 2019 4:50 PM

I know what you're trying to communicate here, but it's offensive to imply, even as social commentary, that people (of any gender) who express their opinion emotionally are doing so without listening or thinking. Yes, yelling "Shut Up" is rude and also offensive, but Shrubtown, you went too far this time.

Leslie Sutphen  

Posted: October 18th, 2019 4:25 PM

I am so disgusted with how this is escalating on both sides. Our Trustees are all acting like Middle School drama queens. Can someone please walk this back?

Christina Sellis Loranz  

Posted: October 18th, 2019 4:16 PM

This is junk. You should have never printed this. Who is making these decisions? I'm truly baffled.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: October 18th, 2019 2:58 PM

Ah. however it does not mince(words)!

William Dwyer Jr.  

Posted: October 18th, 2019 2:02 PM

And it also slices and dices.

Shakti Saty from Oak Park  

Posted: October 18th, 2019 12:36 AM

This is, by far, the most accurate news reporting that this paper has had in a long time. Yes, a cartoon. Perfectly capturing the true essence of what is happening in this town. Nicely done, Mr. Stopeck.

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