For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, about 1 year ago

    This is a very revealing comic strip. Either Dr. Ted McCaulay knows very little about menopause, or it occurs a lot earlier with women in this comic strip universe. Also, John inadvertently reveals Elly’s violent nature with him is not limited to dishware thrown at his head or beatings with a pillow. As far as I can tell, Lynn Johnston never has John make this kind of joke again. It’s stepping over the line into bad taste. As for menopause, this is the first of a running joke about Elly’s menopause which pops up again and again for the next 20 years.

  2. Bret Maverick

    Bret Maverick said, about 1 year ago

    Hey Duck … why don’t you just shut up and enjoy the show? You’re worse than people who talk in movie threaters.

  3. Kris Bennett

    Kris Bennett said, about 1 year ago

    @Bret Maverick

    I kinda agree with the first comment, but I think that something’s seriously wrong with Ted. He’s a player, he doesn’t know anything about women. Maybe Elly’s just tired of doing all the housework, maybe she wants to go and get a job. Maybe Ted can find a new profession while he still can…either that or just watch what he says from now on

  4. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 1 year ago

    re: howtheduck

    The tolerance we have as a culture for female violence is something that’s always bothered me. It does no favors to anyone for the justice system to wink at it. It normally doesn’t get prosecuted until knives or other weapons are used, but it’s typically been going on for years before it reaches that point.

  5. punmeister

    punmeister said, about 1 year ago

    Women always seem to have a modern excuse for the way they treat their men. Men don’t need an excuse. We’re just apes.

  6. c.davies

    c.davies GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Is Ellie pregnant???!!

  7. cdward

    cdward said, about 1 year ago

    Hormones ARE a real factor in how women act at certain points. Jokes aside, it can be very difficult to deal with. In extreme cases, it’s a total personality change.

  8. athomas917

    athomas917 said, about 1 year ago

    @c.davies

    Nah, April (the last kid) doesn’t come along until much later

  9. Kab Buch

    Kab Buch said, about 1 year ago

    Elly in her 30’s is just frustrated at John’s inapt ways. Ted knows nothing of women.

  10. Joelle Baker

    Joelle Baker said, about 1 year ago

    OK Hormones are a real factor once a month for most women. I know I usually shut my self up in my room at least once a month because I know how nasty I get and it isn’t any ones fault. If I stay out I am mean and nasty and cruel and it isn’t fair to my family or me.

  11. MitmanArt

    MitmanArt said, about 1 year ago

    Y’all seem to think women are the only ones affected by hormones. Hello? Men are RULED by testosterone. Sheesh!

  12. ewalnut

    ewalnut said, about 1 year ago

    Not sure why John would be talking about Elly with Ted. He couldn’t find a worse source of advice. Sometimes it’s nothing to do with hormones and all about exactly what she said — having to pick up after 3 “kids.” Sometimes it’s about just not having the energy to pick up after everyone anymore — along with all the other types of housework Elly has to do. If John won’t help clean up, he can help by hiring a housekeeper to help Elly.

  13. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, about 1 year ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    The tolerance we have as a culture for female violence is something that’s always bothered me. It does no favors to anyone for the justice system to wink at it. It normally doesn’t get prosecuted until knives or other weapons are used, but it’s typically been going on for years before it reaches that point.
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    I know exactly what you mean. My spouse worked with a guy who was really big but like a teddy bear, and his girl friend (and mother of his kids) was constantly hitting him and because he was a guy, he was supposed to take it. Well, then one day she got mad at him and decided to stab him to death with a kitchen knife in front of their kids and then people took his complaint seriously a little too late.

  14. argy.bargy2

    argy.bargy2 said, about 1 year ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    You’ve been reading this for awhile, so you should be used to what ‘John’ things is funny. He laughs at Elly when she asks him to help around the house, pats her on the head (and practically shoves her fact into her coffee) when she asks why she has to be the only one to try to keep the house clean – so he obviously thinks its hilarious to tell his doctor pal (who knows as much about women as he knows about moonrockets) that Elly throws a punch at him. Every guy seems to think he can do standup comedy. Not so much….

  15. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Bret Maverick

    Hey Bret….how ’bout you let people make their inoffensive comments, and just not read them, so that people like you can continue to make their crude comments and we know not to read them in the future.

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