Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling

Tom the Dancing Bug

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  1. Randy_B

    Randy_B GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    WWTD?
    (What Would Testosterone Do?)

  2. TheWildSow

    TheWildSow said, over 1 year ago

    The only proper response to the Breastfeeding Police is is an incredulous look for a few seconds, followed by, “Huh? YOU eat in public, don’t you?!”

  3. Wieswald

    Wieswald said, over 1 year ago

    @TheWildSow – best comeback EVER!

  4. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    It IS interesting that when given the choice of letting their kids watch a movie of two people making love, or trying to kill each other, a LOT of people would choose letting them watch the attempted killing.
    That says something about today’s society, but I’m not quite sure what…

  5. Matthew Davis

    Matthew Davis said, over 1 year ago

    I think I’ve figured out why movie violence is okay and movie sexuality is not. Basically, movie-style violence is extremely unlikely to become part of an ordinary person’s life. Sex, on the other hand, is LIKELY to become part of an ordinary person’s life. To the extent kids emulate action heroes, it is with pretend weapans and violence – but if they emulate TV/Movie sexuality, they do it with real nudity and sex.

  6. Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist said, over 1 year ago

    @Matthew Davis

    You know, a little browsing of online comment forums will show you that people who’re weaned on a diet of action movies aren’t exactly dripping with compassion for their fellow humans.

    As plenty of anthropologists have pointed out, societies with relaxed sexual norms tend to be more peaceful and stress-free than militaristic societies which glorify violence.

  7. Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist said, over 1 year ago

    As for today’s strip, it’s rather different from Tintin. Tintin (almost) never kills anyone, and if he does, it’s by accident. His style is much more fists-o’-fury. Of course, the point of the strip is well-taken. As always.

  8. John  Glynn

    John Glynn GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Mordu didn’t stand a chance.

  9. Matthew Davis

    Matthew Davis said, over 1 year ago

    @Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist

    To clarify, I’m definitely in the violence-is-worse-than-love camp. My comment is from observation/thought experiment. Long-term effects seem to pretty clearly indicate harm from exposure to violent content, but not harm from exposure to “sexual” content (“sexual” in scare quotes because breast-feeding is NOT sexual).

    Of course, how often do long-term effects influence public opinion, let alone policy?

  10. packratjohn

    packratjohn said, over 1 year ago

    I saw part of her exposed cartoon breast. I shall forever be scarred and my attitude toward evil women permanently twisted.

  11. Anarcissie

    Anarcissie said, over 1 year ago

    Actually, breast-feeding is certainly sexual. The question is whether it’s erotic. Apparently many people think it is; people who breast-feed often report erotic sensations, and on a more abstract level there is a large genre of pornography related to breast-feeding and lactation. One is usually discouraged from saying much about it, however, because there remain fairly strong taboos about eroticism: we permit it to be noticed or sought only in certain fairly restricted contexts.

    I don’t know if I agree that serious violence is unavailable to the average person, although direct participation may be. Observe the behavior of the American government, which kills hundreds if not thousands of people every year as a routine matter; this behavior is widely supported politically, that is, people are willing to take responsibility for it. And, of course, our arts are soaked with vicarious violence, which the present strip derides.

  12. Dragon0131

    Dragon0131 said, over 1 year ago

    I think my favorite story about breast feeding in public was when my kids were young. Stores and malls had just started putting in family bathrooms and women’s lounges. The lounges were located in the same area as the rest rooms, but were not in them and were designed to give the maximum comfort to women breast feeding and to keep them away from the stalls. I had taken my children to the family rest room-a boy and a girl. While I was waiting for them, a woman came in with her baby and proceeded to breast feed. Fine, no problem, but personally I wouldn’t have chosen the family rest room to do it. When my daughter came out of her stall (she was about 4), the woman was clearly not happy. But she was VERY upset when my son (about 7) came out of the other stall. She didn’t say anything, just glared daggers at him and me, but if she had I would have asked her if she thought that this bathroom was the ladies’ lounge

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @masterskrain

    Sex and nudity is condemned but not righteous violence and killing.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @Matthew Davis

    Europe tends to be the opposite. Sex and nudity and language okay on tv. Violence not so good. Rarely shown and not nearly as exciting as in US tv and movies.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @Anarcissie

    How is breast feeding aka a baby feeding from its mother sexual? It shouldn’t be.

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