Classic Doonesbury (1972) by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot said, over 1 year ago

    So, the reason she abandoned her family was because she wasn’t getting paid?

  2. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot said, over 1 year ago

    @Clark Kent
    I guess, that last panel threw me off.

  3. Ravenswing

    Ravenswing said, over 1 year ago

    What makes you think that housing prices have outstripped inflation? They haven’t; the median home price today compared with 1972 has been dead steady with inflation. Blaming rising house prices on working mothers? Not a scrap of evidence to support it.

  4. cdward

    cdward said, over 1 year ago

    Plus she gets to get away from them at the end of the day.

  5. cdward

    cdward said, over 1 year ago

    Actually, working mothers is historically much more common than the stay-at-hime mom of the 50s. Only, in earlier eras, the economy was much more agriculturally based, so home and work were one and the same.

  6. Technojunkie

    Technojunkie GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    A working mother can be taxed. A stay-at-home mom is no good for our government overlords. Worse, it might lead to home schooling. Who will indoctrinate the children then?

  7. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, over 1 year ago

    Joanie did not find fulfillment caring for her own family.
    She DOES find fulfillment being paid to care for members of other families.
    Money isn’t everything.
    In fact, all money is imaginary.
    But it can be counted, measured against other money and taken as a symbol of value others recognize.
    I guess this is part of the reason the materialists worry so about others earning more money. It shows others are more respected in relative terms.
    Solutions include:
    Earning more money oneself — but that often includes personal expenses in less free time to enjoy life and work in difficult mental fields and greater responsibility such as what happens if the knife slips or the illness is missed or if the dosage kills
    or forcing higher pay for what one is already doing — but if the pay is high enough, others move into the job and crowd you out altogether, going from low pay to no pay
    or taking the higher income from the one earning “too much” — but if you do that, competent people might get out of the field and if you need those services, you might get a surgeon with shaky hands, a doctor who doesn’t know how to heal, a car that won’t run or whose brakes won’t stop or a lawyer that can’t keep you out of jail.
    All that from contemplating Joanie starting work at daycare

  8. kd1sq

    kd1sq said, over 1 year ago

    Ah, Woman’s fight for equality.

    Now they are also underpaid, overworked, abused and unappreciated in the workplace – just like men have been for so long.

    It’s good that they got the brass ring. It’s bad that the brass ring turned out to not really being worth having…

  9. dwdl21

    dwdl21 said, over 1 year ago

    Hassled mother? Really?

  10. Travis Bickel

    Travis Bickel said, over 1 year ago


    I guess money can be imaginary until
    you don’t have any and the refrig is bare
    and the rent is due.

  11. LightBuzzYears

    LightBuzzYears said, over 1 year ago


    This seems relevant over on editorials:

  12. SKJAM!

    SKJAM! GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Looking forward to Thor! (Have we seen him in the last few years?

  13. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 1 year ago

    Good one, LightBuzz. Our paper doesn’t carry Oliphant any more – I’ll have to start looking at that.

  14. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 1 year ago

    Just noticed that today’s “Jump Start” is kind of taking on this topic.

  15. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, over 1 year ago

    @Travis Bickel

    Nahh, money is always imaginary.
    It has no inherent value.
    Ask any baby.

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