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Drop your daughter off here

August 19, 2005

Apparently jokes about sexual predation are still considered funny:

Stephanie Oberlander, The Pantagraph, 19 Aug 2005

Classy, very classy.  It’s Fall semester move-in time, and I’m sure the university appreciates the image these fine young men help project.

That reminds me; I’ve been meaning to write about Lynn Johnston’s comic strip, “For Better or Worse” and her treatment of a stalker/rapist.  She is a pioneer who introduced the first gay character to a mainstream newspaper comic and raised the realism of family life portrayal to a new level.  In a recent story line, she has written one of her main characters in danger from a co-worker:

To my knowledge this is the first portrayal of sexual violence in a mainstream comic.  There are so many levels on which the series illuminates the horror of such an attack; the main character is someone we readers have followed since childhood – in a sense she is daughter to each of us.  She is panicked, and her attacker is having a great time, totally oblivious to or even enjoying the pain he is causing.

Maybe it will make people think.  The next time someone says; “She said no, but I knew she meant…” the response will be hard opposition instead of silence.

Unfortunately Johnston is planning to retire soon because of a painful neck condition that interferes with her drawing.  But her writing is first-rate and I wish she could get someone else to draw.

Quote for the day:
“Men are afraid women are going to laugh at them.  Women are afraid men are going to kill them.”
Gavin DeBecker, author and security consultant

1. This post was edited for clarity after its original posting. 

Categories: Issues, News, observations
  1. August 22, 2005 at 07:24 | #1

    If we lose Johnston we will lose a strong voice for realty.  Watching the family grow up.  When they lost a beloved pet. I also hope that she finds someone to draw for her.

  2. August 22, 2005 at 08:02 | #2

    FBOFW has long been a favorite of mine.

    As to the cretinous assholes in the picture at the top of the page … rrrg.

  3. August 22, 2005 at 15:35 | #3

    If I were driving down that road with my daughter in the car, I would surely have a sudden attack of some sort resulting in rapid acceleration and an uncontrollable veering to the right.

    “I can’t explain it officer. I just had this inexplicable reaction. It must have been the RED I was seeing from that sign.”

    Shit we have along way to go…

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