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Animalization, A Collection of Images

Depicting the enemy as some kind of animal is a time-honored method of dehumanization. And once the enemy is no longer human, a lot of our usual moral inhibitions fall to the wayside. Here are some examples:

anti-immigrant ad from Hong Kong

this anti-immigrant ad from Hong Kong reads: “Do you want Hong Kong to pay 1 million HKD per 18 minute raising illegitimate child from mainland? Hong Kong people have had enough of it! We understand that you suffer from contaminated milk powder, so we tolerate your raid upon our milk powder; we understand that you don’t have freedom, so we receive you over here through “free pass”; we understand that your education is poor, so we share our educational resource with you; we understand that you don’t read traditional Chinese, so we use “cripple” Chinese character (simplified Chinese) in the following: “Please respect our local culture when you are here, without Hong Kong you are all doomed.” Strongly demand the government to amend the 24th clause of Basic Laws! Stop the massive invasion of double negative pregnant women from mainland. (double negative = none of the woman’s parents are from HK)”

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American World War Two propaganda poster depicting the Japanese as rats

American World War Two propaganda poster depicting the Japanese as rats

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Anti-German image from World War One depicting Germans as ... some kind of animal

Anti-German image from World War One depicting Germans as … some kind of animal

"Destroy the German beast!" A poster in Leningrad, December 1941

“Destroy the German beast!” A poster in Leningrad, December 1941

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Nazi cross kills a jewish rat

Nazi cross kills a jewish rat

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Nazi propaganda depicting Jews as bacteria and disease carriers ("Krankheitserreger")

Nazi propaganda depicting Jews as bacteria and disease carriers (“Krankheitserreger”)

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It seems Charles Darwin descended from monkeys, hahaha

It seems Charles Darwin descended from monkeys, hahaha

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the more common objects of monkeyfication are of course Africans and African Americans

the more common objects of monkeyfication are of course Africans and African Americans

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The Obamas in the Planet of the Apes

The Obamas in the Planet of the Apes

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and in the interest of objectivity, Bush as a loving monkey

and in the interest of objectivity, Bush as a loving monkey

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More on animalization here.

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discrimination and hate, equality, racism

Racism (12): Blacks and Apes

negro and monkeys

Historical representations explicitly depicting Blacks as apelike have largely disappeared in the United States, yet a mental association between Blacks and apes remains. Here, the authors demonstrate that U.S. citizens implicitly associate Blacks and apes. In a series of laboratory studies, the authors reveal how this association influences study participants’ basic cognitive processes and significantly alters their judgments in criminal justice contexts. Specifically, this Black-ape association alters visual perception and attention, and it increases endorsement of violence against Black suspects. In an archival study of actual criminal cases, the authors show that news articles written about Blacks who are convicted of capital crimes are more likely to contain ape-relevant language than news articles written about White convicts. Moreover, those who are implicitly portrayed as more apelike in these articles are more likely to be executed by the state than those who are not. The authors argue that examining the subtle persistence of specific historical representations such as these may not only enhance contemporary research on dehumanization, stereotyping, and implicit processes but also highlight common forms of discrimination that previously have gone unrecognized. (source)

If you’re looking for examples there are some here, here, here and here (including the infamous Michelle Obama as a monkey image). More on dehumanization, stereotyping and animalization. More on racism (including some statistics).

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Female Animalization, A Collection of Images

Female animalization is the depiction of women as animals, or as hybrid human-animals. It’s in fact a subgenre of female objectification, which is itself a subgenre of dehumanization (see also here). Depicting a woman as an animal means taking away her human characteristics and can lead to gender discrimination. It’s easier to deny the rights of an animal than the rights of an individual human being.

female animalization

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snake woman

snake woman

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female animalization

female animalization

female animalization

female animalization

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frog woman

frog woman

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pig woman

pig woman

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Hillary Clinton as a pig

Hillary Clinton as a pig

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dog woman

dog woman

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peta ad pamela anderson as a pig

tiger woman tigra

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And of course there’s this infamous example of Michelle Obama’s face turned into a monkey face:

Michelle Obama monkey face

Michelle Obama monkey face

(source, examples of Bush and Osama bin Laden as monkeys are here)

Some time ago, this image was the first to appear when people googled for images of Michelle Obama. Because of this Google issued this statement:

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At this point, I should probably mention that men as well can be animalized, and have been to great political effect throughout history. Here’s one example:

jap rat

More examples featuring hated outgroups here.

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