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The toxic undertones of the recent Greta Thunberg cartoon

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Very recently, a sexually explicit cartoon surfaced of Greta Thunberg in Alberta, Canada, originally thought to be from an oil company based there due to their logo, though the company has denied this. With the surfacing of such cartoons, one must begin to question how we have we gotten to this point with the young activist, and how can it be stopped?

Greta Thunberg is a seventeen-year-old climate change activist who has been protesting to force the government and relevant officials to actively reduce carbon emissions and implement bills in place to aid that, plus so much more. However, she has not at all been well received by the media, constantly facing backlash and criticism depicting her as an incompetent child with no real ideas of how science actually works.

It shows how women of any kind are so grossly sexualised in the media

Despite all this, a sexually explicit cartoon is an all-time low. But even so, it is barely surprising. Firstly, it shows how women/girls of any kind are so grossly sexualised in the media, to the point where their achievements are made meaningless in the face of their perceived sexuality. This cartoon tries to reduce Thunberg to nothing short of a sexual object with no control over her sexualisation, and thus aiming to dim or shun her intellect.

This cartoon tries to reduce Thunberg to nothing short of a sexual object , thus aiming to dim or shun her intellect

And, like Greta Thunberg herself said, “they’re getting desperate.” They simply cannot find anything else to downplay this girl. They have tried her age. They have tried her gender. They have tried her disability. Now, they are trying her perceived sexuality to taunt and bully her into silence. I am glad to see that it, of course, did not work.

As they try to belittle and tear Thunberg down, we will show the antagonists that we support her and her cause

While unfortunately we cannot completely stop these vile and disgusting things from happening in the future, we can actively play our part by continuing to share Thunberg’s journey and make her voice reverberate globally. As they try to belittle and tear Thunberg down, we will show the antagonists that we support her and her cause. No longer will women be silenced and no longer will Thunberg be silenced.

Last modified: 14th March 2020

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