Hustler Cartoons: Racism, Misogyny, Anti-Semitism, Homophobia, Pedophilia, Incest, Ridicule of Disabled People… (explicit)

If you wonder where people get callous attitudes towards other groups and those who disagree with them, a good place to start is with cartoons like those found in Hustler. We are indebted to Nikki Craft and the Hustling the Left website for bringing these to our attention. These images are explicit and should only be viewed by those over 18:

Chester the Molester lures a young girl down a sidewalk with a dollar bill so he can clobber her with a baseball bat. The girl is wearing a Star of David. Chester is wearing a swastika.

A man drags a trussed-up Asian woman down the middle of a highway to paint two yellow lines.

A man with his pants down lures a seeing-eye dog with a steak so a blind girl will draw near to him.

A man watches TV while a woman looks on. On the wall, there’s a baseball bat in a case with this sign: “In case the bitch gets mouthy, break glass”.

Businessmen at a meeting discuss a new doll product, “Baby Kick and Bleed with Bandage and Crutch”. The child is shown saying, “Please no!” The caption reads, “…And we pitch it toward the battered-child market!”

The police are called to a home with domestic violence. On the wall are portraits showing women in bandages and smiling men. One cop says, “Yep, it looks like another family with a history of wife abuse.”

A man is shown pointing a jackhammer at a woman’s vagina. She looks alarmed. He says, “Ya know-w-w-w, t-his would-d-d p-p-probably b-be better-r f-for y-ou if y-you’d just l-l-learn t-to r-r-relax-x-x!”

A man is shown groping inside the pants of a young woman who is talking on the phone. The caption reads, “Gee…I’d love to go to the drive-in, Tommy, but my dad has some, uh, extra household chores for me tonight.”

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter is shown naked and tied to a bed. Above her is a large donkey labled “DNC”. The caption reads, “ANN COULTER BEING ANALLY VIOLATED BY THE DEMOCRAT DONKEY”.

A small, nervous man going door-to-door for the “A.I.D.S. Relief Fund” is greeted by a large man holding a beer bottle and a crowbar. The large man has a swastika tattoo and a shirt that says, “Death To All Fags!” The caption reads, “Sorry, wrong house!”

Hustling the Left’s Gallery shows many more cartoons and images in a similar vein. Even some current and former employees of Larry Flynt Publications apparently object to it. Capital Video, on the other hand, features the Hustler logo prominently on the home page of the website.

We are not asking anyone to censor this material. We do feel it’s reasonable to ask people to reconsider their personal consumption of it, to be critical of it, and to avoid profiting from it.

The Boston Globe’s Jay Carr mentions Hustler’s cartoons in his review of the documentary, “Rate It X”:

This month, the Somerville Theatre will screen films by Marguerite von Trotta, Doris Doerrie, Donna Deitch and Bette Gordon among others during its third annual women’s film series. “Shattered Illusions” is the series’ umbrella title, but the illusions documented in the series opener, “Rate It X,” are anything but shattered. They seem impregnable, undented by 15 years of the women’s movement. It must have been a temptation for Lucy Winer and Paula de Koenigsberg to make a raging polemic considering the callousness of the men they interview about their sexism. But they let the men hang themselves.

The discouraging thing about the sexism espoused by the men in “Rate It X” is how unthinking and entrenched it is. The so-called humor editor of Larry Flynt’s publications, for instance, thinks of himself as a caring parent as he plays with his young daughter. He sees no link between the life she faces and the perpetuation of hostile and dangerous attitudes to women in his work, most notably a cartoon character called Chester the Molester, who at one point is shown wearing a swastika armband, luring a Jewish girl into an alley with a dollar bill…

“Rate It X” is a film that says you haven’t come such a long way after all, baby.

“Chilling Documentary Shows How Entrenched Sexism Is”, The Boston Globe, 3/1/87

Larry Flynt is portrayed sympathetically in the movie, The People vs. Larry Flynt. Diana Russell gives this movie a critical examination:

The People vs. Larry Flynt is a highly manipulative movie designed by Director Milos Forman and Producer Oliver Stone to make a hero out of Larry Flynt, thereby fostering approval for pornography in general and Hustler magazine in particular. Following are some examples of the manipulative techniques used by these men…

1) Minimizing the Kind of Pornography in Hustler…
2) Stereotyping Right-Wingers and Erasing Feminist Opponents of Pornography…
3) Lies and Omissions…

a) Flynt is depicted as a loving husband…
b) Flynt’s incestuous abuse of three of his daughters is obliterated…

Wendy Stock and I organized a feminist demonstration outside the Kabuki Theater in San Francisco to protest The People vs. Larry Flynt on its opening night–Friday, December 27, 1996, at 6:30 p.m. Tonya Flynt-Vega, Larry’s 31-year-old daughter, had flown in from Florida to be our main speaker… Before Tonya had even read the script of The People vs. Larry Flynt, she was worried about it:

I was frightened that Oliver Stone might glorify my dad and make him out to be a hero who has sacrificed everything to fight censorship and protect freedom of speech. My worst fears were justified. The movie shows him as a great guy who is only interested in fighting for freedom and the right for people to say and print whatever they want (Media Watch, 1996).

Tonya elaborated on her distress about the movie in the following passages:

“The reason that I’m so upset about this film is that it justifies my dad as a pornographer. It supports his argument that there are no victims of pornography and that pornography does no harm.

“If you want to see a victim of pornography, just look at me. Since I was a very little girl, I was surrounded by the stuff. I had to go through so much pain and grief to survive.”

That pain, she says, was typified by the Christmas card her father sent her when she was 12. On the front was a drawing of a grinning Santa Claus. Inside was a gift of hundreds of dollars and a picture of Santa having sex with a nude woman.

“I cried so much about that card,” she remembers. “Can you imagine sending something like that to your little girl?”

And “look at what it’s done to him. He began sexually abusing me before I was 10, and that went on until I was 18.”

—————— (added on 5/18/07)

In “Confronting pornography: Some conceptual basics”, Rebecca Whisnant describes (p.19)

a cartoon sequence from an issue of Hustler, titled ‘Why We Hate Women’. Each panel depicts some contemptible or objectionable female habit, like asking men to do laundry, whining about ill treatment, that sort of thing–I don’t recall exactly. The panel I remember is the last one in the sequence. Its caption is ‘they always want to cuddle after you fuck them’. The drawing is of a woman sitting up in bed, her face startled and hurt, taken aback. She is covered in ejaculate, literally drenched and dripping, as if a bucket of it has been emptied over her head. I cannot forget her expression.

See our review of this article.

21 thoughts on “Hustler Cartoons: Racism, Misogyny, Anti-Semitism, Homophobia, Pedophilia, Incest, Ridicule of Disabled People… (explicit)

  1. It seems worth noting that no one thinks Garfield is an endorsement of the gluttonous consumption of coffee and lasagne. The last one you present seems to be a condemnation of fascist attitudes more than anything. Still, once again you seem to miss the point. How are any of the behaviors described above endorsed by the comics? This seems like another example of humorless puritanism. I don’t find the strips to be funny, but humor works by breaking expectation and queering and / or exaggerating reality. Viz. Nietzsche, Bill Hicks and Sasha Baron Cohen…

  2. Ok. But, so what? What does this have to do with anything?

    If you don’t think the cartoons ought to be censored, then you probably think that it ought to be up to the individual whether he wants to read or buy them. And if you think that, then you probably think that it ought to be up to the individual whether he wants to sell them. Maybe it’s reasonable to ask people to reconsider. Whatever. That’s fine. But if you think it shouldn’t be censored, then you must think that once they’ve reconsidered, you should get off everyone’s back about it.

    But somehow I get the idea that once they’ve reconsidered, you’ll just want them to rereconsider. And so on, ad infinitum. True, or false?

    Finally, I wonder what this has to do with whether or not capital video should be in Northampton. I wonder if you can buy Hustler anywhere else in Northampton. I suspect, but haven’t investigated, that you can buy Hustler at the Cumberland Farms across the street from 135 King, and at the 7-eleven down the street from there. Do you also object to Cumby’s and 7-eleven? Would you consider circulating a petition aimed at getting them to remove the magazine from their shelves if they do sell it? Or do you, as usual, singlemindedly focus on Capital Video except for when it’s convenient not to?

  3. You are comparing Nazism, racism, pedophilia and domestic violence to drinking coffee and eating lasagna. That’s absurd. Some things just aren’t funny. To suggest they are, as Hustler does, is to trivialize things that shouldn’t be trivialized.

    People matter. They aren’t just data.

  4. I’m sure most people in this town would criticize someone who advocated Nazism, racism, pedophilia and violence against women, but somehow when these are put in a porn wrapper and sold for money, a lot of people are saying it’s wrong to criticize it. People need to step back, reconsider what liberalism means to them, and see how they are being taken for a ride by some incredibly illiberal people.

    If someone persists in exploitation and advocating cruelty to people, and other people are profiting from this, I certainly will make no pledge to “get off their back” at any point. Hustler’s attitude is wrong no matter where it’s sold.

    Hustler-like materials are the prime focus of Capital Video. They are not the prime focus of our existing convenience stores. The latter can choose not to sell abusive material and almost certainly still make a profit under their current business model.

  5. Those cartoons aren’t advocating anything unless it is the ridicule of people who try to censor them. Chester the molester is not handsome, rich, or even decent looking. He is an ugly SOB and anybody who wants to imitate that is probably beyond saving already. I don’t advocate child pornography or anything like that and I will certainly not defend child molesters but pornography is not evil in and of itself. I think children should be insulated from matters of sex until they begin to show natural curiosity. At this time they should learn the mechanics and about the different sexual orientations. They should also be educated about safe sex practices and the dangers of being sexually active and promiscuous. Of course if puberty begins before this they should learn the necessary facts about what’s happening to tier bodies then. They should be encouraged to come to their parents with any questions and feel free to discuss things like that in a non public setting with trusted adults like parents or guardians. Sex is a natural part of human life and treating it as something secret and shameful will only lead to problems deeper in life. so if a little exploration takes place that’s all right. After all, if it’s a choice between looking at pictures or looking at the real thing I would hope my children decide on the pictures.

  6. The problem is that porn has been shown to shape people’s attitudes towards women and sexual violence. Your apparent assumption that people can’t be taught to have sexually callous attitudes is, unfortunately, unwarranted. Sure it’s ugly. Apparently some people like behaving in an ugly way.

    I agree that children should “be educated about safe sex practices and the dangers of being sexually active and promiscuous.” Countering porn myths would be a great place to start. Please also see Carol Queen: Time for the Porn Film Industry to Stop Being a Poster Child of Heterosexual HIV Transmission.

  7. Once again you are trashing everything your reader has said in response to one of you articles… And all she was doing was stating a very moderated view point. It seems you just can’t tolerate any view that isn’t identical to yours.

    In addition, you are once again arguing against porn as a whole as if there’s any chance that it’ll completely go away some day. Not only are you completely ineffectual to that end, you are completely ineffectual at remedying the real problems that can accompany the existance of porn.

    But I’m repeating myself…

  8. thanks for posting the Ann Coulter/DNC Donkeyshow cartoon. I wouldn’t have imagined that anything like that was even on the internet. Just did a google search and your porn site came up. You could probably charge for those images…just a thought.
    Thanks Again 😉

  9. These cartoons are not funny. THEY ARE HILAROUS!! Can you try to submit more please, because I’ve been looking for hustler cartoons for a long time until I came across your website. Thank you for displaying these one of a kind cutting edge cleaver, tongue in the cheek cartoons!

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