Wednesday, December 21, 2016

"Dumbing of Age" and parenting

I'm a firm believer that the best comic strips are the best because of their writing more so than their art... "Dumbing of Age" is a web comic that's been around since September 2010. I like this strip because it reminds me a lot of my own experiences leaving home and high school and starting out on my own at college.

I've been reading this since earlier this summer and am getting close to being caught up. Today, one of the strips really made me feel good, and may become my favourite “Dumbing of Age” strips - (minor spolier alert).

Joyce (the girl in the strip) was home schooled as a devout, creationist Christian. First year away at college, she has learned much about the world. Her best friend from childhood, Becky, grew up with the same teachings as her. She ran away to be with Joyce, revealing herself as gay and in love with Joyce. Joyce has struggled against her teachings to accept Becky and many other things, and is succeeding. This is her first trip home after the “reveal”, and she’s been terrified of how her parents will receive her new outlook and beliefs.

In this strip, Joyce's dad nails parenting!

I could wax poetic on how this directly relates to my current time in life, but I think I'll just let it stand on its own.

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