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Feminist chicks dig me

Does it take a man to analyze the gender politics of the funny pages? Maybe it would be more accurate to say that only a man — a cranky, obsessive, underemployed man — would bother. This weekend, Gil Thorp made the political personal (or is it the other way around?), while Mary Worth subtly buttressed the patriarchy.

Gil Thorp, 8/5-6/05

You know, I wondered earlier what those kookie Gil Thorp kids would get up to with no high school sports to distract them. Well, the strip’s A-plot, involving the buying and selling of promising athletes like so much cattle, is par for the course. But I don’t think any of us expected freakishly square-headed Von to be cheerily taunting his thirty-year-old not-girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend/stalker come early August. You can tell the villain aims only to persecute his ex because, while her cart is full of flat cardboard boxes, his is empty — so what else could he be doing at the supermarket? Our pushbroom-mustached copper in the middle panel of the second strip, with his aviator glasses and jaunty grin, serves to show how broken the system is when it comes to protecting women from stalking threats. And our Mrs. Robinson-esque heroine, who goes from anger (strip one, panel one) to near-panic (strip one, panel two) to withering contempt (strip one, panel three) to, um, poorly drawn blankness (strip two, panel one) clearly illustrates the roller-coaster ride that is the life of the stalkee.

Seriously, though, there’s all sorts of intriguing questions on how this one will play out. Will the thuggish, hairy-armed stalker manage to do violence to our star-crossed non-lovers? This being Gil Thorp, where off-the-field action tends to be fairly low stakes, I kind of doubt it. Hopefully Officer Delaney Bebow will step in and start taking these threats seriously. Still, kudos to Gil Thorp for at least taking this issue seriously.

If we can not take this issue seriously for a moment, though, I think we need to pause for a moment and ask: Just what did Gary spray-paint on that window? The only naughty word I can think of that ends with “le” refers to the human body’s more important and yet unpleasant orifices, but the only way I can think of that the name of said orifice might reasonably be misspelled would involve switching the “l” and the “e” around. Unless he had too many “s”s? Or not enough of them? The mind boggles. It’s too bad it’s a “word,” and not a phrase, because it might be amusing to imagine that it was something like I WIL STUF MY FIST DOWN YER BOYFREINDS PIE HOLE.

Mary Worth, 8/7-8/05

Meanwhile, here’s Mary Worth’s advice to women in trouble: no matter how bad your situation, no matter how badly your husband or your parents beat you, no matter how intolerable your life behind the graciously weathered walls of your suburban condo may be, for God’s sake, don’t go to the Women’s Shelter! Mary seems to be under the impression that a women’s shelter is meant to shelter us from the thieving, violent, criminal women who no doubt use it as their lair. Like Dante, Mary passes through the gates of her everyday life to descend into the brutal slum that is “downtown,” where, in rapid succession, she comes face to face with:

  • A beatnik
  • A jaundiced man with a tattoo
  • A muscle-bound man wearing a powder-blue tank top, possibly homosexual
  • Slightly cracked plaster
  • Garbage protruding from the top of a trash can

Apparently Mary believes that a merciful death, drunk and face-down in Charterstone’s beautifully landscaped pool, would be preferable to this degradation.

On the other hand, in today’s strip, residents of the Women’s Shelter seem engaged in nonspecific, but definitely non-robbery-and-violence-related behavior. Maybe it’s Mary who’s going to learn a Valuable Lesson this time around — and she’ll find out who the real sheltered woman is.

115 responses to “Feminist chicks dig me”

  1. brian w
    August 8th, 2005 at 3:41 pm [Reply]

    Wait, do Mary & Rita share a telepathic bond? Mary is calling out WITH HER MIND in the last two panels.

  2. JESSWONDERIN
    August 8th, 2005 at 3:43 pm [Reply]

    “WATCH YOUR BACK PUNK!” “Mom is that you?” that is so funny.

  3. WB
    August 8th, 2005 at 3:46 pm [Reply]

    Mary was so intimidated by the hell that is the women’s shelter that she lingered indecisively for several hours at the door (8th panel), seeing as how it turned from night in that panel (overhead lights on, darkened windows) to day in the next panel. Those harpies could have at least offered her a chair.

  4. Ema
    August 8th, 2005 at 3:47 pm [Reply]

    You should also check out the web comics called Sinfest. It deals with many things from religion, the sexes, and life in general.

  5. Dennis Jimenez
    August 8th, 2005 at 4:04 pm [Reply]

    Rape, murder!
    It’s just a shot away
    It’s just a shot away

    Just another day if you hang around outside the downtown women’s shelter….

  6. Flasshe
    August 8th, 2005 at 4:05 pm [Reply]

    Actually, Mary was only saying that “Women’s shelters can be dangerous places for someone as vulnerable as Rita“. So, really, it’s the place to go if you’re invulnerable, like Supergirl. Or like Mary in that bulletproof sweater.

    It’s kind of like a PSA on the Bizarro World.

  7. Monkeys Uncle
    August 8th, 2005 at 4:07 pm [Reply]

    I think the multicolored, sleeveless street gang out front is probably hanging out at the women’s shelter looking for chicks. After all where else will you find the kind of needy, low self esteem type women you want when you’re looking to start a violent, co-dependant relationship. The armless voyeur poking his head out the window to see the “fresh meat” as Mary drives up alarms me.

    All that aside, in the prediction department, how many people think that Rita will find a fulfilling career helping mankind as the new manager of the women’s shelter? This will of course vindicate Mary’s trust in Rita and give a big F$@* You to Ian the sideburn less Charterstone twit. Ahh sweet vindication it is the perfect chaser to some first class meddlin.

  8. Frank Drackman
    August 8th, 2005 at 4:08 pm [Reply]

    The womens’shelter in my town is populated mostly with recovering “crack hoes” theyre definately horny, most have nice,albeit skinny bods,and they dont have that superior attitude that the college girls do..the best ones are the ones who are still in college somehow..its where I get all my dates

  9. T Campbell
    August 8th, 2005 at 4:36 pm [Reply]

    ASSOLE. ASSSHOLE. ASHOLE. SHEE-MALE.

  10. deskmutton
    August 8th, 2005 at 4:39 pm [Reply]

    Maybe he added a ‘w’ to the name of that important yet unpleasant orifice.

  11. Lor
    August 8th, 2005 at 4:43 pm [Reply]

    I’m with you Jess. I’m about to be drummed out of the College, but … I found this Gilstrip funny! Love that Van.

  12. Some Guy Here
    August 8th, 2005 at 4:45 pm [Reply]

    So I’ve just read the Gil Thorp you posted, and all I have to say is…

    Are you sure you didn’t string some unrelated panels from other days’ strips together?

  13. yellojkt
    August 8th, 2005 at 4:54 pm [Reply]

    No, that’s the way Gil Thorp looks every day. It’s the strip with ADD.

  14. The Burg
    August 8th, 2005 at 5:01 pm [Reply]

    Makes perfect sense that the Gil Thorp strip has become so sensitive to gender isues, since every character in the strip, male and female, appears to be a pre-op transsexual.

  15. Daijinryuu
    August 8th, 2005 at 5:07 pm [Reply]

    Actually, these two are pretty tame for Gil Thorp. Over the last few weeks, they’ve been doing three completely unrelated storylines, sometimes touching all of them in the same day.

  16. Cyn
    August 8th, 2005 at 5:10 pm [Reply]

    Three thoughts on Mary Worth:
    1. I thought the powder-blue tank top was a nice change of pace from electric blue. Three of the women at the shelter are all wearing the same standard issue electric blue pants.
    2. When will it be the “next” day in Mary’s world so she can change out of her hot pink leech shirt? Haven’t we seen enough of that? Sunday’s pale yellow (what shade would you call that?) was another nice change of pace. Like the leeches had sucked all the color from the shirt.
    3. Have to agree with Monkeys Uncle in #7 re the man leering out the window. Eeeeew! Complete with mussed hair and a sleeveless white t-shirt like my grandpa used to wear.

  17. gg
    August 8th, 2005 at 5:16 pm [Reply]

    Man, Unibrow there has a freaky, freaky stare going on.

  18. krooz
    August 8th, 2005 at 5:31 pm [Reply]

    Mary worries that she’s ‘not too late’!!!??? WTF? Does she expect to find Rita DEAD? For cryin’ out loud, it’s a women’s shelter, not the county jail or a crackhouse.

  19. lynette
    August 8th, 2005 at 5:41 pm [Reply]

    and why is Mary now refering the her swan in the singular? Did she already forget it was a pair, standing for the eternal love between the two?

  20. Occam
    August 8th, 2005 at 5:43 pm [Reply]

    There’s a bit of (probably) unintentional humor in today’s Mary Worthless. Can you imagine Rita arriving at the place, old boozehound that she is, and seeing the address on the door:

    20 Fifth

    Sounds like heaven to me!

  21. lynette
    August 8th, 2005 at 5:52 pm [Reply]

    Montgomery Ward catalog, fall 1968, page 117, item no.38B – Fun paisley shell, you’ll be “high on life” in this essential basic in the Wendy Ward Wardrobe. Pair it with the hip hugging Carnaby trousers, and you’re “in with the in crowd”.

  22. grendell
    August 8th, 2005 at 6:32 pm [Reply]

    so, why did she have time to change her shirt if she’s hoping she’s “not too late”?

  23. RBF
    August 8th, 2005 at 6:35 pm [Reply]

    lynette, Meddlin’ is now referring to the “swan” in singular, since she now realizes it was just a possession, vs. her “friend”.

    (BTW, how many 120 year olds make friends in a week? and let them move in with them?)

    hmmmmmmmmm. gives us something to look forward to if we live to be 120?

    Sell your valuables NOW and run to higher ground!

  24. Oops
    August 8th, 2005 at 6:39 pm [Reply]

    You think he might have wrote “asswhole”?

  25. RBF
    August 8th, 2005 at 6:43 pm [Reply]

    yeah grendell, whazzup with “too late”?

    Just because there’re rapists and serial killers lurking outside of this so-called “shelter”, and they let Mary just saunter on in with no ID.

    Ritzilla would’ve been safer sleeping in the park.

    This shelter sucks worse than “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

  26. Nixon's Restless Spirit
    August 8th, 2005 at 6:49 pm [Reply]

    Awwww Josh, I like your comment re: Mary will find out who the “real” sheltered woman is…..

    you Red Commie Liberal!

  27. adfella
    August 8th, 2005 at 6:51 pm [Reply]

    MARY’S MIRACLE FABRIC! Where can I get one of those amazing shirts that change color depending on the availability of natural light? Mary’s distorted paisley top is an airy yellow when exposed to sunlight, but—miraculously—immediately changes to a deep magenta upon being exposed those high-beam incandescent bulbs that are standard issue in the ladies rumpus room.

    Also, the cracked wall in the last panel was a nice touch which only reinforces the general seedy and grungy ambiance that is the Fifth Street Downtown Women’s Shelter.

    And, finally, what in the name of all that’s holy happened to Mary’s face in the first panel? What force conspired to smudge all her feature forward into an almost-unrecognizable empty profile? Perhaps the same force responsible for her oddly elongated hand helping brace her as she settles those old bones into her sporty pale-pinkish sedan.

  28. Jeff R.
    August 8th, 2005 at 6:52 pm [Reply]

    Hang on, is Ms. Krystek going out with two guys in addition to being stalked by another? Because the hair on the back of strip 1, panel 3 can’t possibly fit onto the buzzcut guy in strip 1 panel 2 and strip 2, panel 3…

  29. Reagan's Restless Spirit
    August 8th, 2005 at 6:54 pm [Reply]

    Ditto.

    You *&^%$## commies go back to where you came from!

    In THIS country, everyone fends for himself. If you want to go on a *&^# pity trip, move to Russia and stand in line.

  30. RBF
    August 8th, 2005 at 7:01 pm [Reply]

    Jeff, #28, sorry, to which comic strip are you referring?

  31. RBF
    August 8th, 2005 at 7:09 pm [Reply]

    Dayum, that jaundiced guy is creepy. No wonder he hangs around women’s shelters.

  32. Cain
    August 8th, 2005 at 8:00 pm [Reply]

    I think Rita’s sitting in a porcelain shop somewhere surrounded by broken figurines, drunk and crying.

  33. Smitty Smedlap
    August 8th, 2005 at 8:17 pm [Reply]

    Dayumm, Maynard G. Krebs is friggin’ BUFF all of a sudden.

    And Mary’s shirt is made from the same material as Rorshach’s in “The Watchmen.” If you look carefully, the patterns reflect whatever emotion she’s feeling at the time. Or something.

  34. Chris
    August 8th, 2005 at 8:25 pm [Reply]

    Meanwhile, in other comics…

    So is Ted Forth being outed here?

  35. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    August 8th, 2005 at 8:26 pm [Reply]

    That young jaundiced fellow with the attitude to match has himself a WHITE tattoo in the form of a lightning bolt. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a white tattoo before.

  36. dimestore lipstick
    August 8th, 2005 at 8:28 pm [Reply]

    He didn’t misspell it–just used the G.B. spelling. Arsehole.

  37. RBF
    August 8th, 2005 at 8:41 pm [Reply]

    good one dimestore!

  38. RBF
    August 8th, 2005 at 8:44 pm [Reply]

    yeh Smitty I remember Maynard G. Krebs….. tooo funny! Even Josh doesn’t remember him.

  39. Karl the Idiot
    August 8th, 2005 at 8:53 pm [Reply]

    It’s not ass(w)hole or arsehole or whatever.

    It’s CUNTMUNNGLE (only one ‘n)

    It’s DICKCHISLE (supposed to be ‘Dickchisler’)

    It’s FAGLE (it’s obviously ‘Fable,’ since he thinks Van is telling lies)

  40. Jeanne
    August 8th, 2005 at 9:19 pm [Reply]

    I think unibrow might be one of the sheltered women. It appears to be inside the shelter from hell.

  41. Joe D.
    August 8th, 2005 at 10:15 pm [Reply]

    I don’t think that word ends in “LE” at all. What looks like an L may be something else. It could be a C with the top cut off by that misplaced word balloon. Or it might be a lowercase M with a very pronounced tail. Or N. Perhaps it is an A that spilled over to the E. Anyone who has ever written naughty words on a storefront window knows that graffiti is an art that is mastered only with practice and patience.

    Plus, we all know how poorly the artist of the strip draws.

  42. Bill Peschel
    August 8th, 2005 at 11:36 pm [Reply]

    Maybe what’s confusing the travel babes is that the ex was trying for a swatstika and got the arms pointing in the wrong directions.

  43. Columbo
    August 9th, 2005 at 12:13 am [Reply]

    And Mary’s shirt is made from the same material as Rorshach’s in “The Watchmen.” If you look carefully, the patterns reflect whatever emotion she’s feeling at the time. Or something.

    Actually, Rorschach’s mask is made up of viscous fluid between two layers of latex, and it’s pressure sensitive, so it moves around when his face moves around.

    In other words, for Mary’s shirt to work the same way, the flesh beneath would have to be roiling around like some hideous Cthuloid monster. Which, indeed, it may be.

    Ia! Ia! Mary Worth fth’agen!

  44. Mibbitmaker
    August 9th, 2005 at 2:27 am [Reply]

    Mary’s got herself a variation of one of the sillier ’70s fads: a Mood Shirt! Like a Mood Ring, only bigger.

    That yellow guy in that panel is what happens when a “Simpsons” character gets drawn more realistically. And… that guy leaning out the window…. it’s JOHN BELUSHI!!!

    I think the strip’s confusing a women’s shelter with a Ronald Reagan misconception of a homeless shelter.

  45. Mibbitmaker
    August 9th, 2005 at 2:38 am [Reply]

    FBOFW: The last panel of Monday’s strip is what, if this were a situation comedy, would be the wild studio audience applause moment (w.s.a.a.m.).

    the 8/9 strip gave us what GodawfullHyperSeriousWinkerbean needs to have once and a while: quick relief from possible violence.

    Just, for the love of God, DON’T send Liz for refuge at the Mary Worth Women’s Shelter! You have been warned, Patterson!

  46. Dark Star
    August 9th, 2005 at 6:02 am [Reply]

    This is the whitest downtown I’ve ever seen. Where are all the black people? Does Mary Worth even have any people of color in the strip?

    BTW Same goes for the shelter. Where are all the crack hoes who’ve been beaten by their pimps?

  47. jfl
    August 9th, 2005 at 7:01 am [Reply]

    Is that Judd Nelson?

  48. The Burg
    August 9th, 2005 at 7:08 am [Reply]

    OMG, Ronald Reagan was right. That’s no women’s shelter — it’s a day spa! Look at Rita in today’s Mary Worth: Her hair is bouncy, her eyes are sparkling, she’s got a big smile. I’m betting she’s had a seaweed wrap, body wax and mani-pedi since she fled Charterstone. Can I get a gift certificate for this shelter?

  49. FleaBailey
    August 9th, 2005 at 7:42 am [Reply]

    What I want to know is, what kind of women’s shelter just lets anyone stroll on in without some sort of guard or check or something? What kind of women’s shelter leaves its address in the %#$##%@!! phone book? Obviously, from the lovely examples of testosterone loitering around outside, its NOT a shelter that actually cares about “sheltering” the women that go there.

  50. Fuzzy
    August 9th, 2005 at 7:49 am [Reply]

    Who else realizes how badly this strip is drawn?

    Look at the last panel where she’s in the car. Her shoulder is on the right…and her hand is way way over to the left to hold the steering wheel. How long is her arm???

  51. Brad
    August 9th, 2005 at 7:55 am [Reply]

    I’ve never seen a cop so cheerfully tell someone “hey, quit your bitchin, he’s just a vandal.”

  52. Archivalist
    August 9th, 2005 at 8:18 am [Reply]

    I think the ‘beatnik’ is Dr. Cameron’s love child.

    Hey #16 — I don’t think that’s a guy peeking out the window in MW…

  53. nj
    August 9th, 2005 at 8:31 am [Reply]

    The woman in panel 8 sitting on the bed is distressed because there is nowhere for her legs to go. Thankfully, the situation has been corrected in the final panel and she is perched on the edge of the bed, looking much happier.

  54. Jimmy
    August 9th, 2005 at 8:32 am [Reply]

    Women’s Shelter, HA ! It looks like a refuge for white Stepford wives while they wait for their batteries to recharge.

  55. lizpet
    August 9th, 2005 at 8:46 am [Reply]

    My first post here – couldn’t stay silent any longer. Um…aren’t Women’s Shelters supposed to be in a confidential location? You know, so the violent husbands, pimps, etc. can’t actually find their victims?
    But Mary looks it up easily, walks right in the clearly labeled door. And just inside the door is a room full of circa 1930 orphanage beds, all lined up for the brown-haired white women wearing early 1960s clothes who inhabit the place.
    Does anyone but me think Rita looks more youthful and thin in the last 2 panels?

  56. Smitty Smedlap
    August 9th, 2005 at 9:41 am [Reply]

    Dark Star (#46) — only one person of any ethnicity whatsoever that I can recall in Mary Worth. He was a gardner, toiling away on the grounds of Fortress Charterstone. Some ne’er-do-well relative of Professor Neckbeard made a derogatory remark about him and received a stern tut-tutting from Mary.

  57. gov
    August 9th, 2005 at 9:46 am [Reply]

    #27 What happened to mary’s face in the first panel? I think it’s strangely reminiscent of a Dick Tracy criminal (prune face?)

  58. I-Man
    August 9th, 2005 at 9:58 am [Reply]

    Armless voyeur? It looked like a distant female relative of Mary’s wearing a housecoat! Perhaps she had been awaiting a visit from Mary ever since she abandoned her for the more civilized environs of Charterstone.

    But never mind that part. Why is it that the sullen woman sitting on a bed inside the women’s shelter (8th panel) seems to be sitting with her bent legs right thru the center of the mattress? She somehow seems to have righted herself by actually sitting on the true edge of the bed by the ninth panel. Seems to have a lot on her mind. Paxil, anyone?

  59. Dingo
    August 9th, 2005 at 9:58 am [Reply]

    You silly bear! What he spraypainted on her window was “More zippers, muLE!”

  60. Gryph
    August 9th, 2005 at 10:12 am [Reply]

    y’all, hasn’t it been like…a day? And yet in that time, Rita’s hair has gone from coiffed to shaggy, her clothes are baggin, she’s got bags under her eyes…what did she do, think “oh, if I’m going to be homeless I should look the part”?

  61. Nealbar
    August 9th, 2005 at 11:00 am [Reply]

    Does anyone wonder what’s in the suitcase in the last frame? I think I’ve got it figured out…it’s obviously the second window which has now disappeared. What else would you find in a woman’s shelter but a bunch of kleptomaniacs.

  62. Skooter
    August 9th, 2005 at 11:25 am [Reply]

    Who are the women appearing in the photographs hanging on the wall of the Women’s Shelter? Past inhabitants who have made good on the outside or portraits of Star Search Celebrity Spokesmodels. Either way, they’re there as reminders to the women of what losers they are. So I guess you can forgive Rita’s meditation on them in panel one as she considers her sins and thinks of salvation.
    My only hope now is that Rita has had time to carve some swans from a bar of soap to replace the irreplaceable.

  63. Zorba the Geek
    August 9th, 2005 at 11:34 am [Reply]

    Hey, RBF, you did it, girl! COTW, way to go!

  64. payola
    August 9th, 2005 at 12:16 pm [Reply]

    While y’all dismiss the athletic story line in Gil Thorp, I’d like to know how and why Don Imus is involved in the HS hoops player black market.

  65. Gilmore Guy
    August 9th, 2005 at 12:20 pm [Reply]

    I love Mary’s “Pimp My Ride” wheels… purple car with gold interior. I’ll bet she’s got some phat 19′s on that mo-fo.

  66. Anne Nonymous
    August 9th, 2005 at 12:25 pm [Reply]

    Woo hoo, rbf! Kickin’ butt with that Comment of the Week! Now we’ll send you over to the Women’s Shelter in MW to straighten out the place and get rid of the lax administration and the unsavory characters hanging around outside. You’ve got game, gal!

  67. RBF
    August 9th, 2005 at 1:14 pm [Reply]

    Whoooo hooo! Thanks all (and to Josh).

    My head’s so big I won’t be able to get out of my office today.

    More overtime pay, Mule!

  68. SenatorTCJ
    August 9th, 2005 at 1:22 pm [Reply]

    I kind of like how Mary found out where Rita was from “the imprint of a scratchpad Rita wrote on.” That’s our Mary, always sleuthing.

  69. Islamorada Girl
    August 9th, 2005 at 1:35 pm [Reply]

    RBF! RBF! Go, girl!

  70. Nom du Jour
    August 9th, 2005 at 1:51 pm [Reply]

    And such a good thing that Ritazilla had such a heavey hand while writing the message. I guess that went with her heavy heart over the smashed swans, eh Mary.

  71. Nealbar
    August 9th, 2005 at 2:45 pm [Reply]

    “Robbery, violence, criminal behavior (oh, my), robbery, violence, criminal behavior (oh,my)………..”

  72. yellojkt
    August 9th, 2005 at 2:59 pm [Reply]

    rbf,
    I think it’s the ELR reference that put you over the top. Does Everybody Love Mary Worth? At least as much as Raymond.

  73. Lor
    August 9th, 2005 at 3:33 pm [Reply]

    Go RBF!

    My favorite thing about the women’s shelter is how it’s actually named the Downtown Women’s Shelter (see the front door in panel 1). This isn’t just any Women’s Shelter – it’s the Downtown Women’s Shelter. Think these ladies often get confused about where they are?

  74. Adam-12
    August 9th, 2005 at 3:34 pm [Reply]

    Kudos to Miss RBF for COTW! Tis a great and noble responsibility to wear the lofty COTW crown…do us proud, my dear!

    Regarding the comments on the open nature of the women’s shelter, you guys (and gals) are absolutely right. There is no way you’d be able to know where the actual shelter is; I worked security at a shelter a few times (ironically it was downtown; that’s the only thing MW got right)–there’s no sign, no name, nothing to indicate that it’s a shelter. The women who went there either called an 800 number and met a representative in a neutral location, or else the shelter had an office and the women went there first. I also wasn’t permitted to let anyone in unless they had an ID badge and the main office had notified the security desk ahead of time.

    Of course, I can only speak for the operations of that particular shelter. Others may function differently. Mary Worth’s shelter seems less like a shelter for women and more like a shelter for homeless persons in general. Those would be open and well-marked (and might tend to have “ward” style sleeping arrangements; where’s lil’ Orphan Annie?) since there’s no danger of an abusive or violent spouse coming after the residents.

  75. yellojkt
    August 9th, 2005 at 3:52 pm [Reply]

    Lor sez:

    This isn’t just any Women’s Shelter – it’s the Downtown Women’s Shelter.

    As opposed to the Uptown Women’s Shelter where Kathy Hilton and Martha Stewart crash.
    In RMMD, it would be Only Women’s Shelter.

  76. Dennis Jimenez
    August 9th, 2005 at 4:00 pm [Reply]

    I think a lot of communities treat battered women’s shelters and homeless women’s shelters differently….

    http://www.denverpost.com/lifestyles/ci_2924097

  77. Charles
    August 9th, 2005 at 4:03 pm [Reply]

    As for Gil Thorp and “that word”, if you want to contort it to fit a different conception of what’s going on in that panel, it could be that 50′s blonde woman is particularly appalled at one word in his whole spray-painted phrase. It doesn’t mean that the one word comprises the entire vandalism.

    What am I doing trying to make sense of this?

  78. Mac
    August 9th, 2005 at 4:06 pm [Reply]

    Nipple. The word was nipple, I tell you. But he spelled it Niple. Ha ha!

  79. CoolJerk
    August 9th, 2005 at 4:11 pm [Reply]

    Comment #43 is classic.

    I think the misspelled word is “LESBIAN” and the “SBIAN” part is on another window out of panel. Maybe she thinks it’s misspelled because there’s no dash…?

    Or, maybe, he only got to “LE” and she’s just assuming “LESBIAN.”

    The word could also be “LESBO,” “LESBOID,” “LESBONIC” or “LEFTY.”

  80. Ebeneezer S.Scrooge aka I-Girl
    August 9th, 2005 at 4:16 pm [Reply]

    Ritzilla’s new pad looks more like a flophouse than any women’s shelter I’ve ever seen. A flop is a commcerical establishment where you pay a buck or so and you have a place to sleep with all the other winos and junkies.

    Clearly, the Mary Worth people have little or no experience with desperate poverty, substance abuse or domestic violence out there in Country Club World.

    Are there no prisons? No poorhouses? What of the almshouse and the treadmill?

  81. Islamorada Girl
    August 9th, 2005 at 4:17 pm [Reply]

    Maybe the word Stalkjerk misspelled is LIBERAL!

    ^&%$ rednecks.

  82. Uccellina
    August 9th, 2005 at 4:27 pm [Reply]

    Um, has anyone tried to look at Medium Large recently? I’m getting this message from drinkatwork.com:

    THIS IS TOBY THE INTERN!!

    I HAVE HACKED THIS MACHINE AND I’M HOLDING IT RANSAM FOR HIGHER WAGES!!

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA !!!!!!

    Marciuliano has been hijacked by an intern who can’t spell.

    Hey, maybe Toby’s the one who actually vandalized the window in Gil Thorp, and he framed the evil ex?

  83. gnome de blog
    August 9th, 2005 at 4:44 pm [Reply]

    Ucellina – un bel nome, little bird.

  84. gnome de blog
    August 9th, 2005 at 4:48 pm [Reply]

    Maybe Toby broke the swans and blamed poor Rita, who was too drunk to know the difference.

  85. yellojkt
    August 9th, 2005 at 5:07 pm [Reply]

    I was getting file not found errors earlier. I just figured Ces forgot to pay the webhosting bill. Or Forth Industries is cutting back on paperclips and coffee filters again.

  86. yellojkt
    August 9th, 2005 at 5:09 pm [Reply]

    Toby is Ces’s imaginary friend. There is a write-up on him at drinkatwork.com.
    Oh, that’s right. Nevermind.

  87. RBF
    August 9th, 2005 at 5:51 pm [Reply]

    Thanks again Fellow CCC’s on kudos for COTW! And yep, it probably was the ELR reference that took me over the top, considering how much Josh and most of us despise that show. And I love Josh’s “rbf has a bone to pick” comment – his blog entry on the ELR/cannibal thing was TOO much of a hoot!

    Will try to find it for anyone who doesn’t remember it (i.e., Newbies.)

  88. RBF
    August 9th, 2005 at 6:03 pm [Reply]

    Yikes – Help please! I don’t remember which comic strip that cannibal thing came from – anyone remember?

  89. RBF
    August 9th, 2005 at 6:28 pm [Reply]

    And yeah, whazzup with Ces’s drinkatwork site? Surely Ces knows how to spell “ransom.” ????

    yellojkt prob. hit the nail on the head re: Ces forgot to pay the bill. Tsk tsk.

  90. Adam-12
    August 9th, 2005 at 6:37 pm [Reply]

    First guess is that maybe Ces and Carol are redesigning their site. If so, then hurry up already, I need my daily dose of Medium Large. Unless they did, in fact, forgot to pay the bill, in which case we may need to pass the hat.

  91. Adam-12
    August 9th, 2005 at 6:40 pm [Reply]

    And RBF, now that I think about it, I believe that the cannibal comic strip you speak of was a Mother Goose and Grimm (once funny, now not so much) from about two weeks ago, but don’t quote me on that.

  92. RBF
    August 9th, 2005 at 7:05 pm [Reply]

    Thanks Adam! Yes it was the 4-27-05 blog entry, if anyone wants to check it out in Archives under Goose and Grimm.

  93. RBF
    August 9th, 2005 at 7:07 pm [Reply]

    sorry, Mother Goose and Grimm

  94. Adam-12
    August 9th, 2005 at 7:25 pm [Reply]

    “…from about two weeks ago…”

    Um, I meant four months ago. My, my, how time flies…I’ve been busy. (Great googaly moogaly, that was April?? I gotta get out more often! All work and no play makes Adam a dull copper.)

  95. yellojkt
    August 9th, 2005 at 8:56 pm [Reply]

    And to keep up tradition, Hagar wants to quit being a Viking so he can get cheap (altogether now) HEALTH INSURANCE.

    Coupled with Spiderman’s problems, you’d think the two biggest problems facing us today were health care and stalkers.

  96. Islamorada Girl
    August 9th, 2005 at 9:12 pm [Reply]

    Which leads to the question: can stalkers get health care?

  97. Chris
    August 9th, 2005 at 10:39 pm [Reply]

    Ask the guy in FBOFW!

  98. Chad
    August 10th, 2005 at 12:54 am [Reply]

    I wonder what Mary means when she says ‘criminal behavior.’ She’s already listed ‘robbery’ and ‘violence.’ Maybe it’s Chesterstonese for homosexual activity, and she’s concerned Rita will fall in with a lipstick lesbian that calls herself Cinnamon.

    What’s with the guy with the golden skin? Is he a superhero that’s fallen on really hard times?

  99. MrP
    August 10th, 2005 at 6:38 am [Reply]

    Methinks Gary found a Norwegian dictionary… Or maybe he’s a Norwegian himself. That would be interesting: A stalking ex-boyfriend with an Oslo accent. Anyway, the reason for this, uh, reasoning is that the only bad word I can think of that ends in ‘le’ is ‘pule’, which is Norwegian for ‘f*ck’. Hooray!

  100. yellojkt
    August 10th, 2005 at 9:06 am [Reply]

    I think this is our first 100 comment run since the Lounge opened. Which means Josh will post three times in about 12 hours and confuse me endlessly.

  101. joeypants
    August 10th, 2005 at 11:57 am [Reply]

    Has someone already posted that “asshole” could be something lamer like “nipple” “testicle”?

    I like the idea of spraypainting a sentence involving “testicle” onto some snooty bitch’s wall.

  102. mk
    August 10th, 2005 at 1:42 pm [Reply]

    Chad and Smeddly,
    Clearly the golden guy is the strip writer’s clumsy attempt at inserting an “urban” character. In this case a latino. I guess you could blame the guy who does the color, but I imagine someone must check these things right?

  103. Gelded Gil
    August 10th, 2005 at 8:29 pm [Reply]

    It is definitely a lame attempt at a swastika.

  104. Lady Miss Crow
    August 11th, 2005 at 10:01 am [Reply]

    Regarding Chet’s comment #35: There is indeed such a thing as white tattoo ink; I have some in one of mine. People get entire tattoos in white ink when they want a subtler effect that doesn’t scream I AM A CRIMINAL to meddling, swanless little old ladies. However, it almost never looks purely white on anyone, since any tattoo is viewed through the top layer of your skin. You have to be pretty pasty (points to self) to really get it to show up as such. So I’m theorizing that Golden Guy actually has a large splotch of white paint on his arm, indicating that he does, indeed, have gainful employment — even if it isn’t college instruction, lonely-hearts-column writing, or full-time meddling.

  105. Islamorada Girl
    August 11th, 2005 at 1:40 pm [Reply]

    Joeypants–Is that you, Ralphie? We all thought Tony killed you off and buried your head in a bowling bag!

  106. MimisEvilTwin
    August 18th, 2005 at 10:34 pm [Reply]

    Unconcerned cop in Panel 2 is actually Dr Art Ulene

    http://forums.prospero.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=sp-bucket&msg=3.37878

  107. drm
    August 21st, 2005 at 7:10 pm [Reply]

    ok, i agree with #79. but what i don’t get is:
    isn’t it written on a window? aren’t they looking at it from inside out? so, then, if this guy’s such a moron that he spray-painted “lesbeeun” on a window, then how the hell did he figure out to write backwards so she can read it without leaving her house?!

  108. GIL GAMESH
    March 20th, 2007 at 6:38 am [Reply]

    I believe the beatnik has been in an accident where his right arm was avulsed and had to be reattached backwards. Although he can get into a slap fight with people in front of and behind him, beatnik is not gainfully employed. He hangs around the shelter hoping to hook up with needy women.

  109. Brianne
    June 15th, 2007 at 9:03 pm [Reply]

    Maybe Mary thinks she might be too late because she thinks women’s shelters are like animal shelters and her friend has been adopted out to someone who won’t eat her delicious, delicious soul.
    And yes, I know how old this is. Whatever.

  110. Wynne
    March 30th, 2008 at 9:46 pm [Reply]

    Why is it that even in the rough ghetto that is downtown, there are NO non-caucasians? (I’m sorry, but that yellow guy is not hispanic. He is, as was correctly stated, jaundiced.)

  111. Ashar Fiddlenarg
    April 3rd, 2008 at 10:41 am [Reply]

    Why are there only middle-class looking white women at the DTWS? Is it segregated?
    Although, I suppose if they’re never going to show minorities at affluent Charterstone, it’s best that they don’t trot them out when Mary dwells in the gutter.

  112. Neipaneunsess
    March 27th, 2010 at 12:41 am [Reply]

    There are many differents mind. But I thk auther is right

  113. Antique-Insurance-274
    March 30th, 2010 at 1:24 pm [Reply]

    hm. hope to see same more info

  114. Iowa-Insurance-331
    March 31st, 2010 at 2:13 am [Reply]

    hm. hope to see same more info. Can we speake about it?

  115. ChristieLyn
    June 28th, 2010 at 9:52 am [Reply]

    Imagine my surprise/joy when a simple search for a “feminist chicks dig me” shirt pulls a link to your site!

    I love it. But I do not love this Mary Worth bs, I only hope that the women in the women’s center are swapping Garbage Pail Kids trading cards.

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