I asked Daily Mississippian editor-in-chief Lacey Russell if the newspaper staff discussed the cartoon before publishing it. She writes in an email:
“Several editors on my staff looked at the cartoon, but most of the concern was with the sexual innuendo. We did not interpret it the way some of our readers did. In hindsight we would not have published it.”
Here are some comments from today’s letters section.
Is The DM so backwater and so illiterate that it did not see it was making a joke that tacitly advocates violence against women?
I’m not sure what y’all were thinking when you ran this – it’s offensive, not funny, unoriginal, heteronormative and most significantly, the suggestion of violence against women as a “normal” male reaction is incredibly disturbing.
[The cartoon] glibly suggests that men everywhere are torn between domestic violence and paternalistic overprotection. A war only solved by, what, being distracted by some other piece of ass? I am appalled The Daily Mississippian would reproduce an artifact so committed to making light of domestic violence.