For father’s day, my girls gave me a bright yellow t-shirt that says "Mr. Perfect." I felt pretty darn special. The next day, I took them to the park and saw a couple guys wearing "Mr. Perfect" t-shirts. "Wait a minute," I thought defensively, "I thought I was Mr. Perfect."
Suddenly, I started noticing the Mr. Men / Little Miss shirts all over the place, proclaiming all sorts of personality traits: grumpy, happy, naughty, etc.
It made me think of the corporate world, where there is a whole other set of personality traits. So, I thought I’d put a few of the worst offenders into a cartoon, in the spirit of the original Roger Hargreaves style.
It makes me want to make up mock t-shirts to wear around the office.
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How come the females are “Little Miss” something and the males are “Mr” something? Last time I checked it was the 21st century.
– I suppose sign me, Little Miss Politically Correct.
Tom Fishburne says
I’m parodying a classic children’s book series called “Mr Men/Little Miss”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Men. They were first written in 1971, but have been making a cultural resurgence lately (like the movie, “Little Miss Sunshine”). Just as those books highlight character traits in humankind, I wanted to highlight character traits in the business world. I hear Lorraine’s point on political correctness, but I want people to get the reference. Somehow I don’t think people would connect a “Little Miss/Little Master” or “Mrs. Women/Mr. Men” to the original books I’m using to parody. Plus, my cartoon isn’t intended to be a commentary on gender identity – it’s a cartoon on corporate character traits.