4.14 Back in The Saddle 30

June 3rd, 2013, 12:01 am

Author Comments:

Gibson Twist, June 2nd, 2013, 1:58 am

Despite what some may think, I do not paint as misogynist, neither in my mind nor by my words, everyone who thinks Lauren has made mistakes. It is sheer folly, however, to think that there has not been a torrent of attitudes and comments that have been both mildly and horribly misogynistic in their nature during the past year and a half, and truthfully, many before that. When I make a general statement about misogyny, if you believe I am talking about you, perhaps it's because you recognize yourself in what I'm saying, but know that it is not a blanket statement.

It should also not be confused as misandry to call anyone out on misogynistic behaviour, no more than it is child abuse to scold a toddler for hitting a family pet.

User Comments:

Diana (Guest), June 3rd, 2013, 12:25 am

"What do we do now?"

Okay I just had to say it. I am not ashamed.


comicgirl, June 3rd, 2013, 12:48 am

@Diana: That does seem like the next logical step in these sitch's.

We'll see when we see.

Musing (Guest), June 3rd, 2013, 1:40 am

Background makes it look like this scene takes place in some funky spirit world.

DemonicMRX11, June 3rd, 2013, 2:01 am

Fuck loud and hard enough that Christo doesn't even get all the way down the block before turning around and finding somewhere else to crash for the night.

Firefly (Guest), June 3rd, 2013, 4:25 am

On the other hand, we have had zero racism! Hooray!

Gibson Twist, June 3rd, 2013, 4:31 am

@Firefly: None that I haven't removed, at least.

AyoWolf, June 3rd, 2013, 7:33 am

I truly love your comic.
I also find it very interesting how much it stirs up in people, it shows that this comic is a lot more then just a told tale, it brings up a lot of ethics and morals. And whether you're right or wrong in the eyes of people, this proofs that it's a real quality story.

Xasswuwe (Guest), June 3rd, 2013, 9:49 am

You should seriously do "Women's Studies for Dummies" courses, Gibson.

ParadoxDeity, June 3rd, 2013, 11:33 am

And Mr. Twist once again comes through with shining colors as to why I love this comic, and his work as a whole. Never before in Web comics have I see such attention given to having strong female leads that aren't the status quo of what Hollywood defines as "strong female lead." Thanks for not being a douche, man. Speaking as another man who is all too familiar with this subject, I feel it's a great breath of fresh air to see another male with the same perspicacity. Keep up the good work, brother. *fist bump*

Bane Falcon (Guest), June 3rd, 2013, 5:43 pm

Thank you.
Perfect comic, as always. Thank you.

Someone (Guest), June 3rd, 2013, 5:56 pm

I found this comic ages ago and have been reading ever since, and I hardly ever comment on anything, but I just want to say how happy it makes me to see interracial couples throughout. Not sure if that has been said before, but it makes me feel good. My parents are the exact same race as Sam and Lauren, and being biracial was one of my biggest insecurities growing up. Still is to a certain degree, and I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see this. I saw a Cheerios commercial not long ago with an interracial couple, and then I read about the backlash and how people were up in arms about it. That actually hurt my feelings. So, and this sounds stupid, I know, but when I see this comic, I feel like I have someone on my side. So, that is how it has touched my life, even with something so simple.

AtypicalGuest (Guest), June 3rd, 2013, 6:44 pm

I guess I was lying...
... when I said I just wanted this drama between them to be done and over with. I mean, I'm glad the two of them are talking it out - but I feel like Lauren really is taking the easy way out of it.

It's like, "Here, I'll apologize for my super BLATANT mistake of hitting you just so I won't have to talk about how I completely wrote off your feelings of insecurity." Now, granted - I get it. Some people don't think she should have to apologize for that. Ok, fine. But I think they should still talk about it. Talk about it now, so it doesn't happen again. I just kinda feel like she doesn't think her actions/inactions contributed to any part of this situation.

That being said, I'm glad the waters have calmed a bit. Please don't throw the eggs at me too hard. *covers her face and prepares for the worst*

peanutbutterpancakes, June 3rd, 2013, 8:55 pm

Mr. Twist, I truly appreciate your stance on life, your comic, your amazing storytelling ability, and how you respond to the awful comments posted on your page without angry retaliation. I really like how put your comment about calling out misogynistic behavior.

Mr Will122 (Guest), June 3rd, 2013, 9:22 pm

Long build-up to a short question
@Gibson Twist: Firstly, Long time reader+ Huge fan :). I understand that she's done nothing seriously wrong. However, some of choices she's made over the course of this story arc irked me. Her decisions were perfectly fine, and she's an ok person, but on a personal level she's not someone I feel drawn to root for. I understand she's supposed to have been from a sheltered home but even considering that she's so above everything. Not show-boaty, not annoying, never in trouble, just there. She's always the one to be acted upon but never seeming to enact everything. There's nothing wrong with people like that, but they're not particularly interesting to observe. This entire arc has been a drain on my patience primarily because neither Sam nor Lauren are interesting characters to me.
I'll admit during the the prologue I was interested to see what could have torn these two apart at one point. But the more I learned about them, the less I cared. You're capable of making entirely new characters engaging within the page they're introduced so I know Sam and Lauren's characters are meant to be less manic and more centered. But why draw this out?
that was the question lol.

PS Thanks for being awesome. The story is still very well told its just slowing down, imo.

akagenki, June 3rd, 2013, 9:38 pm

I don't really consider myself a misogynist, but I'm sure I can be in rare moments of idiocy.

AmusementPark (Guest), June 3rd, 2013, 9:42 pm

You are right that misandry and calling people out on misogynistic behavior are different. On the other hand, I don't think that most of the comments here on misogynist. The problem is that the comic is supposed to support a pretty severe case of social progressiveness, whereas most people are accustomed to a world that is a tad more...centered, for lack of a better word. I personally prefer centered. However, I respect the author and other peoples' opinion that more social progression is necessary to achieve equality.

Just be careful when throwing words around- your definition of misandry and misogyny may be different than others. From my perspective, very few of the comments have been even mildly misogynistic, rather reflective of a middle path towards relationships and gender types. Clearly, from your perspective, that is not the case. I would ask you not to judge others for that, though, or to pretend like you know the absolute right answer. Gender studies, and sociology in general, is a subjective subject with boundaries (i.e. it would be inappropriate to claim that wife-beating is acceptable). However, it is no more appropriate to go around claiming that you know how things should be, and that your view is the absolute correct one. Just watch your wording and try not to push your views on other people.

MagiLo (Guest), June 6th, 2013, 8:26 pm

Excellent writing as always, but Lauren bores and annoys me I'm not sure why.

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