I Have A Couple Problems With The Doonesbury Flap

First, given that since I don't, hardly anybody reads an actual newspaper these days.  So one has to wonder if anybody even saw the Doonesbury strips in question.

Second, reproductive rights and abortion are really not good fodder for comedy with the exception of gross satire.  By gross satire I mean to take on the entire concept as one vague notion like funny or die did with the middle age white guys video from a couple weeks back.

Trudeau says,

I chose the topic of compulsory sonograms because it was in the news and because of its relevance to the broader battle over women’s health currently being waged in several states. For some reason, the GOP has chosen 2012 to re-litigate reproductive freedom, an issue that was resolved decades ago. Why [Rick] Santorum, [Rush] Limbaugh et al. thought this would be a good time to declare war on half the electorate, I cannot say. But to ignore it would have been comedy malpractice.

This is exactly what I mean.  Trudeau took the general issue and went too specific which is probably why people are steamed.  I don't find humor in transvaginal exams, compulsory or otherwise.

Read more here.

Personally, I never found Doonesbury all that interesting.  I guess I'm not a hippie.

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One thought on “I Have A Couple Problems With The Doonesbury Flap”

  1. i am coming to the conclusion more and more that i am a hippie (he said while lighting incense)

    the referenced WP article and single panel they showed was funny… to me

    funny or not, pointing out the hypocrisy or bad politics and stand on women’s health issues is a worthwhile pursuit. in any case, it is just a cartoon… it is only the re-action of people that give it any impact

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