Who is the man behind the female president behind the national flag?
Renata Jambresic Kirin
(Institute of Ethnology and Folklore)
Paper short abstract:
This paper will analyse the political cartoons, video jokes and internet satire about the public figure of the first Croatian female president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović as a sign of concomitant "normalization" and repatriarchalization of Croatian society.
Paper long abstract:
This paper will analyse the political cartoons, video jokes and internet satire as an important discursive resource in construing the public figure of the first Croatian female president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović. Despite the fact that in the recent past several woman politicians in Croatia have held important political roles, a plenty of news related cartoons, video jokes and "stupid clips" at the expense of the female president and her husband could be interpreted as a signal of puzzled laughter that unfolds a) the end of an era marked by authoritative macho politicians b) the triumph of matrifocal and polite but tight and restrictive political agenda c) the anxiety provoked by feminized high politics and ever growing conservative, patriarchal and homophobic public sphere. In contrast to the time of authoritarian rule when the "strong irony" and social criticism of political photomontage of the satirical weekly Feral Tribune flourished but was often banned by the court (1993-1999), the recent culturalization of political differences and ideological worldviews is further endorsed by internet-created humour and video art experimentation by numerous anonymous authors and digital citizens.
Patriarchy as a heritage?