The Tampa Bay Times has determined that today’s Gary Trudeau comic strip Doonesbury is too graphic for the delicate sensibilities of its readers.
The Times explains, “[this strip] contains language that fails to meet Times’ standards for taste and appropriateness. Because Universal, the syndicate that distributes Doonesbury, does not allow us to delete or edit any wording — in the same way we may choose to edit our own writers and other syndicated columnists — we made the decision not to publish the March 15 installment in print.”
After viewing the strip in question, it’s understandable to think that it isn’t necessarily appropriate for the comics section, but it still should have been published. The Times should have moved today’s Doonesbury to the editorial page perhaps, but to reiterate, it should have been published because the message is relevant to political decisions being made in our country today.
The World Health Organization defined rape in 2002 as “physically forced or otherwise coerced penetration – even if slight – of the vulva or anus, using a penis, other body parts or an object (my emphasis)”. The political party that blathers ad nauseum about removing government from people’s lives has no qualms about inserting an object into a woman’s body against her will.
It is not Doonesbury that is offensive. It is the GOP’s war on women that is offensive.
The preceding was cross-posted at SOG City Oracle and re-printed with permission.