Someone did a statistical analysis of New Yorker cartoons and it’s actually pretty depressing
Updated by Joseph Stromberg on May 25, 2015
But Matt J. Michel and the series’ other authors actually looked at real data — they coded every cartoon the magazine published in 2014 — and they came to some pretty depressing findings about the portrayal of non-white dudes in one of the country’s most liberal magazines.
Women and minorities are way under-represented in these cartoons …
Children might not read the New Yorker, but adults are impressionable too. The fact that the default setting for its cartoon characters is white and male — and that when women appear, they’re most often wives or mothers — subtly drives home stereotypes in much the same way.