A clean, well-lit place to vent
Please feel free to contribute to this frequently-updated forum, which posts selected commentary on our favorite comic strip. If you’d like your critique to be posted, please note that civility, if not approbation, counts. Click here to submit a comment.
I visited the site today to read the latest installment of the transvaginal diaries. Afterwards, I perused a number of comments in the Blowback section, then I looked into the Sandbox milblog. I made it through the entry entitled "Speechless" in which Maj. Duber (M.D.) tells the story of a 19-year-old female soldier in Afghanistan whose leg he amputated after an IED attack. Read the story if you can. Consider the sacrifice made by this young woman, so that Gov. Perry can have the freedom to vaginally probe her peers back home. Quoting Perry, "...Because you can't make the right choice without knowing the true impact of what you're deciding."... The contrast between the experience of our women soldiers and the war on women at home is one more indication that we've gone completely insane. May our creator have mercy on our souls.
Your strip is the first -- often only -- that I read. Engaging the brain, heart, and funnybone simultaneously in order to shine a light on serious subjects is a wonderful skill/gift you have. This 69-year-old Texas mother says thank you.
Hmmm. When the last woman leaves Texas, will she remember to turn the lights out?
Thank you.... just thank you! Sometimes it seems like we just dreamed the civil rights movement, the sexual revolution and the brief moment when the Equal Rights Amendment saw daylight in Congress.
The scarlet letter on the back of the clipboard is that extra little bit of genius that makes us really love your wonderful cartoons.
In this tiny portion of a comic strip, composed of well-established ink strokes which conduct a great regard for humanity, is a portrait of a young woman, 2012. A young woman navigating a process, most difficult in itself, while being expected to accommodate and navigate the entitled perspectives of her detractors. These detractors, in the name of being "Pro-Life," aim to degrade her life and forever brand her medical records with ultrasound embryonic imagery for daring to make this autonomous decision. Thank you, Garry Trudeau, for giving voice to this young woman, and for staging this scenario that allows us to witness and out these oppressive and unacceptable orchestrations. This young woman is not alone, and we will not accept the establishment of "modern day Mary Magdalenes," buried to the neck in the sands of intolerance in order to be stoned. We will not allow this.
Your cartoons are sick and disgusting. I no longer subscribe to our local newspaper because of trash like this.
I read your cartoon which suggests that Old White Men are in no way able to make laws concerning women. I personally find it disturbing that men such as yourself want to keep women dumb and in the dark. A woman having an abortion deserves to have all the facts! For some reason men like yourself seem quite uneducated when it comes to women's health, but boy do you love a soap box. As for making fun of the men that pass the laws so women can have all the facts, it was Americans that voted them into their positions. I'm hoping you'll take some time to help women, instead of trying to keep us uneducated about our own bodies.
I've read the strip for years, but the current story arc has me wanting to reach out. Thank you for writing about this and putting the situation into an extremely tangible, accessible form. It's nice to know that it isn't just women clamoring against the ridiculousness in Texas, and elsewhere.
Almost as interesting as your strips, Mr. Trudeau, have been some of these Blowback posts. I'm not sure I quite understand why people who've hated your work their entire lives spend time each and every day reading it. And yet, they continue to do so. How very strange.
Sure, intra-vaginal sonograms are minimally invasive when you choose to have one, or when your doctor tells you it's necessary. And I know whereof I speak. But it's quite a different thing to have some legislator decree that you must allow some thing to penetrate you, all so that you might be shamed into acquiescing to his will. The idea that women seeking abortion are "afraid" to see a sonogram or, better yet, that they don't understand what they are about to do, is patronizing and insulting. Thanks so much, GBT, for broaching this subject and making people talk about something important.
I am shocked that you would equate an ultrasound to rape. Mothers need to have full knowledge of what they are contemplating doing when they go for an abortion. They are taking a human life. If they could see their baby they would probably not abort. Some will choose not to look and that is their right.
Thanks for having your strip on the web. The cowardly San Diego Union Tribune has chosen not to run it this week. This is a controversial topic that needs to be discussed. It is not just about a woman's right to chose but also the interference of politicians in individuals' health care decisions. The main theme in Republicans' opposition to any mandated government health care program is that it would put the government between doctors and patients. Ironically, it is Repubilcans who are enacting laws that do just that. Perhaps they only object to the government interfering in men's health care decisions.
I worked in a women's health care facility (not Planned Parenthood) in the 80s. I cared for many young women who had abortions. All of them were told (mostly by Planned Parenthood counselors) that it was a "procedure" "not a real baby" "just a bunch of cells" and "not recognizable as a baby." All of which is scientifically proven wrong. Nearly 90% of these women came back for counseling because they later learned the lies that were told to them. Upon seeing what a 2-3 month fetus really looks like, these women cried and some even used the phrase "I murdered my child." These women said they never would have had the "procedure" if they had seen an ultrasound of the baby. Why are people afraid of giving a woman all the facts before making such a monumental decision? Of course some women will choose to have an abortion anyway, and it is currently legal for them to do so. But wouldn't anyone get as many facts as possible before having any medical "procedure" done? I know I certainly would.
I'm a grownup who has had many of these sonograms because of high-risk pregnancies. I loved seeing the baby, but the transvaginal did affect me after a while -- possibly because it also revealed the many ways I was inadequate. I stopped looking forward to them. I can't imagine how they are experienced by women who've been raped. It's not fair to impose them on anyone.
Applause and thank you. Any woman who has faced the decision of whether to terminate a pregnancy knows it is emotionally wrenching and highly personal. Each woman must make that decision with the help of those she chooses to consult. It is her body and only she (and sometimes the father) is charged with the awesome emotional and legal responsibility to support any live birth that may result. Only she will experience the complex hormones that cause the intense bonding between mother and newborn. I respect those who believe life begins at conception, but I neither understand nor respect their insistence that their religious belief should be imposed on everyone else. Freedom of religion means the right to believe as your conscience dictates and my right to do the same. Religious freedom has no meaning if the religious beliefs of some can be imposed on all!
Wow. I'm very disappointed in your latest strip and in some of the commentary I'm reading in Blowback -- especially from the females. I'm a female in my 40s that has had two (soon three) such sonagrams for medical monitoring purposes (fibroid and polyp). It is not a big deal -- not painful or much more invasive than a pap test -- and certainly not as invasive as an abortion or the process to get pregnant. I'd much rather go through a sonogram than a mammogram. What's the fear, ladies? That you'll actually see a baby about to be murdered? I've seen a sonogram with a coworker's unborn baby sucking its thumb. What's to fear about that? Maybe that you'll develop a conscience? As a female who's had sonograms I know the procedure is not a big deal. You do a disservice to your reading public, and show your ignorance, by indicating otherwise. Obviously some of your readers are equally uninformed about the procedure.
If I hadn't seen Monday night's Rachel Maddow Show, I wouldn't have seen your latest comic strip re: Texas' abortion law or even known about it, since Newsday reprinted an old strip instead and failed to inform its readers that it was doing so or why. I'm outraged, and plan to cancel my subscription in protest.
Thank you so much for taking this on. It is ridiculous that women are being forced to defend our basic right to decide what happens in and to our bodies. If someone else claims they get to make that decision for you, they are de facto claiming ownership of you. Control over fertility allows women to have political and economic power. Threaten that, and all of the gains towards women's equality we've made (it hasn't even been a century since we got the right to vote!) are thrown into question. That there are fifty million people who never got born as a side effect seems like a plus to me, as overpopulation and resource depletion threaten our future. The anti-choice side is so blinded by their irrational attachment to a fictional past that they can't see straight.
I am glad you're taking on the simultaneous absurdity and seriousness of this issue. This is not about whether abortion should be legal or not, or whether abortion is baby-killing. It's not about whether a sonogram is useful (it obviously is in many situations) but whether it is necessary. Doctors and patients are the only ones who should decide what is medically necessary -- certainly not a legislator with no medical training, no context for an individual's situation, and often, no vagina. (And shouldn't we be reducing the number of unnecessary medical procedures anyway, to combat rising health care costs?)