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August 27th, 2000

Gender Analysis of Tom and Jerry

Was Jerry the Mouse male or female?

It’s not totally clear, but it comes down to two choices: Jerry was either a lesbian or a male cross-dressing as a female.

Tom was, without a doubt, male. However, a deeper analysis of episodes of “Tom and Jerry” must be done to determine Jerry’s gender and/or sexual preference.

Two episodes can be separated from all the rest to prove the above statement.

The first is one in which Tom shaves all of Jerry’s hair off. Rather than being naked, Jerry is clearly wearing a bra and panties. This embarrasses Jerry greatly (s/he attempts to cover her/himself up with her/his hands). Is it simply because Jerry is apprehensive about being an underwear model for Tom? Is Jerry afraid that Tom, a large and dominating male, will overtake her physically and then sexually? Or is it that Jerry is really a man dressing in women’s undergarments (is that why Tom was always chasing Jerry — could he have suspected)?

In the second episode, Jerry is turned on when s/he meets a wind-up female mouse. The toy repeatedly proclaims “Come up and see me some time” and Jerry eagerly follows, heart pounding out of her/his chest and jaw on the ground. If Jerry is female, than this shows that she is either lesbian or perhaps simply a heterosexual with occasional homosexual impulses. If Jerry is male, however, this is a heterosexual attraction.

Looking at the combination of both episodes, there is no question that Jerry is either mentally disturbed or has an “alternative lifestyle.” It’s hard to say which, but there is something wacky going on, no question about it.

To determine the final answer, furthur episodes of this cartoon must be studied carefully. Jerry’s actions and clothes-purchasing habits must be carefully monitored. Perhaps answers to smaller questions will lead to the final answer:

Does Jerry get especially cranky every 28 episodes?

Does Jerry show noticable confusion when getting dressed?

What does Jerry really look like under that fur?

But, the real mystery is why this important question has not been researched thoroughly by experts after this much time.

Will we ever know?

The preceeding was an actual paper I wrote for an English class in high school. I found it while transferring files from my old Apple II to my PC and I couldn’t resist giving this paper another shot at glory. -ram

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: dave
DATE: Sunday August 27, 2000 -- 8:32:11AM
An thoughtful and earnest analysis of one of the biggest mysteries of the 1940s and 50s.

On a related note, a radio station asked callers to identify which cartoon characters were named as the most desirable sexual partners in a nationwide poll. The winners were Speed Racer and Betty Rubble (!). What about Daphne? Or that Princess chick from Voltron?

FROM: Paul
DATE: Sunday August 27, 2000 -- 9:43:25AM
Ryan, I think I have a new favorite Ping.

I always assumed Jerry was male - I think the later, bastard episodes of Tom and Jerry from the 80s support this theory. But the episodes you mention are strong evidence to the contrary.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday August 27, 2000 -- 12:43:59AM
Dave -- Betty Rubble? I guess I could see that... Daphne, too... and what about Velma... mmmmmmm. Kidding. :)

Paul -- I had been thinking about this paper for a while, but had no clue where I would have a copy. I'm glad I found it!

FROM: Robert
DATE: Sunday August 27, 2000 -- 2:10:16PM
We're forgetting that Tom and Jerry are a poor man's Itchy and Scratchy.

FROM: pistol jack
DATE: Monday August 28, 2000 -- 5:42:07PM
this ping is awesome! what kind of grade did you get for this paper?
Also, we cannot forget about Jessica Rabbit when deciding who is the hottest cartoon chick. I also seem to remeber that Shera was pretty babe-o-licious!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday August 28, 2000 -- 5:47:23PM
Jeff -- I got an A. :)

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday September 1, 2000 -- 12:07:07AM
I wholeheartedly recommend further research into this topic. Please watch the six-hour Tom and Jerry Marathon this Monday on Cartoon Network. That is all.

FROM: Adam
DATE: Saturday January 19, 2002 -- 12:29:47 am
How about the episode where Tom learned to play the piano so he could catch Jerry because he always waltzed when someone played? In that episode Jerry wore a tux and when he danced with make-believe partners (like Tom's hand and the curtain tassle), he led.

FROM: cathy
DATE: Tuesday December 17, 2002 -- 1:31:08 pm
why don't you contact the guy who wrote the show and ask him????

FROM: Austin
DATE: Tuesday April 20, 2004 -- 2:03:07 pm
Oh, man. This is a riot. I just found your analysis and thought it was great because I have always been a huge fan of the cartoon and it's been on a lot lately. Here are a couple of additional conflicting episodes:

Blue Cat Blues: At the end Jerry's girlfriend is stolen away.

Tom and Cherie: Jerry is delivering love letters to a women.

Snowbody Loves Me: Jerry wearing a tutu made of cheese, dancing to ballet music.

What to make of this except that Hanna and Barberra didn't want to let Jerry out of the closet and the producers of the later episodes were more new age.

FROM: cody [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday September 28, 2004 -- 5:28:31 pm
i think jerry is a male, because he just had panties and a bra to maybe be funny.So when he saw the wound up girl mouse toy he was drooling and liked her.So ya i think he is a male.

FROM: Amdi Thiam
DATE: Thursday September 30, 2004 -- 9:34:33 pm
I think jerry is a male cuz I saw a lot of episodes that jerry had a girlfriend

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:43:44 pm

FROM: nidhi
DATE: Saturday January 29, 2005 -- 12:07:12 pm

Alex December 3, 2008, 1:00 pm

Betty Rubble? What about Ponelopy Pitstop?? Dave/Ryan

bored people March 9, 2009, 2:57 pm

we read s/he’s either a crosdresser or a lesbian

well thanks anyway bye

TOM & JERRY kicks itchy and scratchys ASSSS

STAFF March 11, 2009, 9:11 pm


Ryan March 11, 2009, 9:15 pm

Hey, dumb ass with the caps lock on:

I wrote this paper in 1993.


gautam November 30, 2012, 5:31 am

It will ne better that tom is male and jerry is female (the naugty)

Seth Caldwell November 25, 2018, 5:39 pm

For some reason I always assumed Jerry to be male.

Jared January 20, 2020, 5:51 pm

Jerry is a male mouse. Jerry’s country cowboy yodeling star Uncle Peco (?) visits in a classic episode and CONSTANTLY refers to Jerry as NEPHEW. Shame on anyone that thought Jerry was something other than male. Watch the classic cartoons.

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