Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

From education to the domestic sphere; the witty feminist cartoons exposing history's sexism

The Trouble With Women hb.jpg

Where are all the women artists? Or the scientists, composers and historians?

We’ve all been taught a pretty sexist syllabus at school, only realising with age, that – wait a minute- despite what we were being told, there were women doing quite fantastic things all throughout history.

Feminist satirical cartoonist, Jacky Fleming, perfectly encapsulates this sexism in her hilarious book, The Trouble with Women.

Taking inspiration from history’s excluding approach to female achievements, Fleming’s witty cartoons are scribbled in a newspaper-style etch that recalls old-fashioned school books.

Speaking to Stylist about how she happened on the idea of the book, Fleming says:

“The history we've learned has been misleading us for a long time. The book is a spoof of the history we learn with three women in it. Hopefully that's changing now, but we can't assume it will - we have to make sure it does.”

The satirist says that she was shocked to discover the men we are taught to be so proud of “had some extraordinary views on what women were capable of – or more usually not capable of.”

“The one which surprised me the most was written by Darwin,” says Fleming. “Who said men were better at everything, without exception. His proof was that if you made a list of eminent men - off the top of your head - and a list of eminent women, the list of men was longer."

Fleming’s hilarious and cutting cartoons expose how we need to scrap both lists, and start again.

Why we don't learn about women in history...

olden days

Small heads, small achievements...

few women

How hysteria keept women indoors...

NIGHT VISION

Darwinian sexism...

home

The elusive domestic sphere...

sphere

Getting an easy ride...

childcare

The Trouble With Women by Jacky Fleming (£9.99, Square Peg) is available on Amazon

Related

cinderella proposal.jpg

We don’t need permission: why it’s time to abolish leap year proposals

love reading.jpg

The adorable illustrations that show love is in the smallest moments

page_eight_gaza_rt.jpg

This is what 30 looks like: Huda Albayoumi

beatrix-potter-kitty-boots-penguin-book.jpg

10 favourite childhood reads as chosen by Stylist staff

GettyImages-507674140 (1).jpg

Why the world can't handle Susan Sarandon and her 69-year-old cleavage

books-ladybird-adult-spoof.jpg

Ladybird unveils spoof grown-up guides for hipsters and hangovers

Femojis plus words_Line6.jpg

Grace Dent on why we need ‘femojis’ to break period taboos

caitlin moran.jpg

Read Caitlin Moran's open letter to troubled teenage girls

use.jpg

Speed reads; the best books to race through in an hour or less

More

Practical Magic is FINALLY getting the prequel of your dreams

Flip the switch and let the cauldron bubble…

by Kayleigh Dray
14 Sep 2017

The Moomins are coming back to TV and the cast is incredible

Ready your Little My topknots

by Amy Swales
12 Sep 2017

Your £10 note is worth a LOT of money if it features this tiny detail

Oh Jane Austen, you’re spoiling us…

by Kayleigh Dray
12 Sep 2017

The Fifty Shades Freed trailer has arrived – and it’s pretty dark

Mrs Grey will see you now

by Amy Swales
11 Sep 2017

10 brilliant books to curl up with this September

From gripping crime fiction to beautiful poetry

by Sarah Shaffi
01 Sep 2017

Puberty guide causes fury with “problematic” explanation of breasts

The book said girls have breasts to make them look “grown-up and attractive”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
30 Aug 2017

The 5 biggest plot holes in Harry Potter, as exposed by fans

Accio problematic plot points!

by Susan Devaney
30 Aug 2017

50 unmissable books to kickstart your autumn reading

Your first look at the essential titles for autumn 2017

by Francesca Brown
25 Aug 2017

The 10 must-read books for anyone with siblings

There's often nothing more page-turning than the secrets between siblings

by Stylist
23 Aug 2017

St. Vincent is giving this iconic novel a feminist film makeover

The musician is giving an Oscar Wilde project a major twist

by Amy Swales
17 Aug 2017