MENEBAR BENIH KEBENCIAN MELALUI VISUALISASI ‘BANCI’ KARTUN BENNY DAN MICE

Gender Cartoons and Homophobia

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October 14, 2016

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Cartoon with its concise, simple and attractive characteristic allows the reader to digest the ideas of the cartoonist. As one of the products of mass media, a cartoon is never neutral and value-free, it oftenly carries an ideology. Culture and the domination of an ideology contribute to the production process of the symbols that are articulated in a cartoon. This qualitative research used a methodology of critical study based on image-based research, which reveals the visual image as a research foundation. In the process of interpretation, the researchers are conducting a dialect with the text as an object. Then analyze it so that it becomes cohesive. After that, it could obtaine a relative reality. Benny and Mice cartoon implicitly states that heterosexuals are the 'normal' sex relationships. Beyond that, is a deviation. Deserves to be blamed, humiliated even ridiculed. Benny and Mice cartoon show that transsexual / transvestite / transgender as a source of fear. The package of it pictorial and verbal language wrapped in hyperbole and joke, and becomes the 'seeds' of homophobia amid the hegemony of heterosexual community.