For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. littleannoyingdog

    littleannoyingdog said, about 4 years ago

    Lighten up would you El

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 4 years ago

    What planet is Ellie from?
    When I was in high school in the 1980s, it was an explicit double standard. If a girl was sleeping around, she was “finding herself.” If a guy did it, he was “horrible”, “awful”, “a lecher” etc. And some words that are pretty impolite.
    It underscores a myth that the feminists have pushed. The myth that it was “ok for men, not ok for women.” If you know anyone who was around before the 1960s rebellion by women against God and man, they will tell you that people were often very tough on anyone, man or woman, who slept around before marriage. It might take the form of discrete “wall-to-wall counselling” of a man who did such things, or the proverbial “shotgun wedding.”

  3. Gizmo Cat

    Gizmo Cat said, about 4 years ago

    In my highschool in the 80s the double standard was the other way around still…girls who slept around were ‘easy’ and called other names, which i won’t name here…boys were still ‘the man’, macho and so on. Haven’t seen the opposite yet…

  4. piloti

    piloti said, about 4 years ago

    @Gizmo Cat

    In Nabuquduriuzhur’s misogynistic world, it is always this way. Feminists are the root of all evil.

  5. Paula R.  Stiles

    Paula R. Stiles GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    @Gizmo Cat

    Yeah, I’m from your planet, Gizmo, definitely not Nabuquduriuzhur’s. Seems he grew on Planet Opposite Reality.

    While I think Ellie is overreacting about the “morality” of it all, even for 1980s Ontario, I can see why she’s angry over the double standard.

    Also, it’s a tad different when it’s your own little brother. It’s not logical, but there you go.

  6. rshive

    rshive said, about 4 years ago

    People seem to have always preferred being married by clergy even though there are a number of civil authorities empowered to perform marriages as well. Back in the 1800’s in the US, a clergyman of some denomination might find himself responsible for a large area. So he would “ride the circuit”, staying in a single location for only the relatively short time to perform the backlogged baptisms, marriages, etc. Then he might not come back to that location for a while.

    It sometime happened that a man and woman would live as a couple for some time before the clergyman would get to where they were on his circuit. Life being what it is, some of these de facto unions didn’t last. People in essence were married and divorced before the clergyman ever came into the picture to formalize things. I have records of several guys in my family tree who “inherited” small children from previous cohabitations. As nearly as I can tell, there was nothing judgemental about it. It was just the way life was.

    Nowdays people of a certain age seem to believe that they are the first to discover sex. They almost certainly talk about it more than people did in the past. But there is very little new under the sun.

  7. psychlady

    psychlady said, about 4 years ago

    Elly’s right – the double standard – two sets of rules, one set for men and one set for women!!!

  8. Nachikethass

    Nachikethass said, about 4 years ago

    @Gizmo Cat

    Very true, even in the 21st century – now. At least in India – whether city or village, the girl is wrong.

  9. James McNeil

    James McNeil said, about 4 years ago

    He could be Joe Biden.

  10. frightenup

    frightenup said, about 4 years ago

    You’re really stretching the rules of logic… Wow, calm down.
    This one is sure getting everyone riled up today. I’m sure someone will post Lynn’s notes on this.

  11. Doodlemommie

    Doodlemommie said, about 4 years ago


    I don’t believe that for a minute! Always has been double standard, fair or not. What high school (planet?) are you from?

  12. Finbar Gurdy

    Finbar Gurdy said, about 4 years ago


  13. natureboyfig4

    natureboyfig4 GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Hey, there wasn’t any chance of HIS getting knocked up and abandoned. :-P

  14. J. Short

    J. Short GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Dali Lama, Dali Lama, Dali Lama……

  15. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, about 4 years ago


    1980s, huh? So you are much younger than I expected. I was in high school in the 60s, and the double standard worked the other way: if the guy was sleeping around, he was “sowing his wild oats”; if the girl was doing it, she was “loose.” Indeed, it seemed that for many men of that time, the ideal path was to sleep around for a while and then marry a virgin. There are obvious logistical problems with this, but it did seem to be the ideal…

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