Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau

Doonesbury

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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot said, over 2 years ago

    Mel’s Dad will have her back in counseling in a New York minute.

  2. The Nihilist

    The Nihilist said, over 2 years ago

    Just give ’em the ’ol John Wayne pep talk pilgrim…

  3. Buzza Wuzza

    Buzza Wuzza said, over 2 years ago

    Just don’t you know.

  4. GTphile

    GTphile said, over 2 years ago

    Tiptoe……through the tulips…

  5. gmartin997

    gmartin997 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    That woman’s face in panel 2 is wonderful. That’s right, nothing’s really chanced, and likely never will be.

  6. Paula R.  Stiles

    Paula R. Stiles GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Sadly, that’s exactly the kind of comment I often got when I returned from two years in Africa with the Peace Corps—and I usually got it before I’d even said anything. Thanks for your service to our great country, and all that, but God forbid you say anything that might make somebody uncomfortable.

  7. Gator007

    Gator007 said, over 2 years ago

    We need to get uncomfortable every now and then.

  8. Coyoty

    Coyoty GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Veterans and Peace Corps volunteers make people feel guilty that they themselves do nothing to save the world.

  9. Astolat

    Astolat said, over 2 years ago

    Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable…

  10. goulo

    goulo said, over 2 years ago

    “Veterans and Peace Corps volunteers make people feel guilty that they themselves do nothing to save the world.”

    Really?

    The US military is being used to “save the world”? I don’t see how the world is better off due to the US invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, and I certainly don’t feel guilty that I am not participating in that allegedly world-saving activity.

  11. bookgirl2

    bookgirl2 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I hope that jerk is not referring to her sexual assault. Cause father or not, I would feel perfectly fine if she reached over right now and shoved him right out of her moving car.

  12. Linguist

    Linguist said, over 2 years ago

    I think today’s strip hits two key points. First is the perception on the part of others – or parents, friends etc. – that while they recognize that you went through hell, they don’t want to hear the gory details for fear of being uncomfortable. The second point really addresses, through Mel’s angst, just how long and difficult a process it is to work through PTSD. It is an ongoing journey that many can’t complete.

  13. SwimsWithSharks

    SwimsWithSharks GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Paula R. Stiles

    I got that after a short trip to Haiti. It was nearly universal how nobody wanted to hear about suffering so avoided the subject altogether.

  14. SwimsWithSharks

    SwimsWithSharks GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Linguist

    I think Dad doesn’t want her to relive the pain or slide back into therapy.

  15. Guy

    Guy said, over 2 years ago

    @gmartin997

    “that woman’s face” in panel 2 is the face of Roz, who has had Mel’s back for a while during deployment. There is another “uncomfortable” notion here that I think most miss. Women Service Members have traditionally been “known” for two traits, their homosexuality and their promiscuity. If the lady in question was not modelishly pretty, then obviously whe was a “dyke,” or a “butch.” If she were modelishly pretty, than just as obviously, the “lady is a tramp.” (Thanks Frank!) The steriotype continues to exist today in some of the WWII, Korea and Vietnam Vets. It was the reality af the world during their service. I’m surprised Mel’s Dad hasn’t questioned her as to whether she walks on both sides of the street.

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