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The Blatherings Of A Blitherer

Edible Morality


Rex Morgan, MD, 04-11-2008

Remember, ladies! What you chose to eat speaks volumes about your morals and ethics, and it’s totally cool for men to judge you and your morals based solely on what you put in your mouth. If you don’t eat salads 24-7, you are a bad person. Remember that every thing you put into your mouth, and your body, is totally up for public debate and public judgement.

Possibly the worst thing about this exchange is that these folks are married, and I think this is supposed to pass for flirting. Maybe next they’ll retire to the bedroom, where Rex will pull out his fat calipers as foreplay.

Get Back In The Kitchen!


zits cartoon 01/04/2008

You know what the main difference is between my mom and Jeremy Duncan’s mom?

After the first panel, my mom would have said “Well, have fun staying up late and baking it.” Then she would have kept reading her magazine or whatever and gone to bed when she was through.

Hilarious madcap adventures may or may not have ensued as I blundered through the kitchen making a Guatemalan dessert, but I probably wouldn’t have put off telling my mom that a “home made” dessert (why specify home made?) was required for a class ever again. Also, there probably wouldn’t have been many mishaps, frankly. Mom taught all her kids, female and male alike, how to cook and bake. You know. So we could bake home made Guatemalan desserts for class parties, or just generally feed ourselves when we were out in the world and not living with her. Self sufficiency: it’s a beautiful thing.

In a world where women do all the cooking/baking/caretaking, Jeremy is apparently completely unable to do a basic baking task. Instead, this almost-adult manchild turns to his mommy to cook him something sweet, he asks his mommy to do work that he will be graded on, because he is apparently unable to do it himself. And mommy? Seems very willing to give up her time and her sleep to sweep in to his rescue, teaching him that his poorly planned and uncommunicated needs are more important than hers are. As bad as that is for Jeremy’s mom, it’s also bad for Jeremy, as he is taught to not take care of himself or provide for his own needs. Why should he? A woman will do it for him, freeing him to be a self absorbed child for his entire life, dependant on others. Healthy, no?

As a note, Jeremy’s mom is a child psychologist, yet her job is rarely if ever mentioned. She’s usually portrayed as a housewife/chauffer/cook/mommy. Contrast that to Jeremy’s dad who is also shown in a domestic role (doing laundry, cleaning, driving Jeremy around) but whose job (orthodontist) is also frequently mentioned.