Alex Blaze

Qomics for Queers, 4 one-liners

Filed By Alex Blaze | May 13, 2007 10:21 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Marriage Equality
Tags: Beetle Bailey, Gil Thorp, Kudzu, Qomics for Queers

Qomics for Queers is where I put on my super-sleuth hat and find queer representation in the daily comics, and this week it's all before the jump.

Wednesday's Beetle Bailey:
Miss Buxley admits that there's nothing to her relationship with Beetle.

And Friday's:
Meanwhile, Sarge teaches Beetle to handle some balls. (Ba-ZING!)

Thursday's Gil Thorp:
Milford's new strategy is to have their catcher feel-up the batter, making him drop the bat, and everyone agrees that Central's fine.

And Friday's Kudzu
After attacking "same-self marriage", Kudzu preacher guy marries a man and The Blob.

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Sorry, can't see past the sexism in the beetle bailey cartoon to see the funny.

Good point, Steph. BB is pretty darn sexist, and they don't seem to skip a beat on integrating sexism into that strip.

How funny, Steph. You beat me to the punch. That was my first thought too, "Wow. Someone still has a problem with Ms.? Jesus."


I remember years ago trying hard to explain to my mother why I used "Ms." - she just didn't get that, like "Mr." - it's a signifier that doesn't note marital status, because people perceive unmarried women to be immature - as though a woman's right of passage into adulthood is getting married.

Of course, I also get peeved when I visit a public restroom and the signs on the door are "ladies" and "men." If I have to act like a lady (snort!) then males should be required to act like "gentlemen."

In French, Madame, the equivalent of Mrs., is pretty much just used based on age - like if a woman looks over 16, then she's Madame.

Same in Spanish with "Senora" and "Senorita". I remember asking my mom what someone calls an older unmarried woman, and she said "crazy", referring specifically to one of her aunts that never married and went crazy, which my mother believes happened because of constant cultural/familial pressure to get married.

I don't know how true that is, but that's my mom!

If a woman prefers to be referred to as Miss or Mrs., then I'll do that, but it's great to have a fallback, you know, when you don't know and it doesn't matter. At least the practice of taking an entire man's name, like "Mrs. John Smith", has pretty much faded away.

It's funny, also, that all three started as abbreviations for "mistress". Strange that they all have different connotations now.