Of mice and men: an introduction to mouseology or, anal eroticism and Disney

J Homosex. 1991;21(1-2):155-65. doi: 10.1300/J082v21n01_11.


This essay deals with two important comics, Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse and George Herriman's Krazy Kat, and considers the social, cultural, psychological and symbolic significance of the main characters and their creators. In the discussion of Disney and his work (based, in part on writings about him) it is suggested that he exhibited traits associated with anal eroticism, which raises an interesting question about the popularity of his work with the American public. The two dominant themes found in Krazy Kat are described as "the triumph of illusion over reality" and "anti-authoritarianism." In a comparison of the two characters, it is shown they are polar opposites: Mickey Mouse is sadistic, asexual, and anal while Ignatz Mouse, the hero of Krazy Kat, is playful, sexual, and phallic.

MeSH terms

  • Authoritarianism
  • Cartoons as Topic*
  • Erotica*
  • Fantasy*
  • Humans
  • Psychoanalytic Interpretation*
  • Psychosexual Development*
  • Reality Testing
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Social Environment
  • Social Values