Some newspapers are going to pull the Doonesbury comic strips for next week because it deals with the transvaginal ultrasound issue and the whole Republican assault on women’s access to health services. Strip creator Garry Trudeau is no stranger to controversy over his strip but says that to not address the issue would have constituted ‘comedy malpractice’.
It turns out that my local Plain Dealer will run the strips. Good for them. I suspect that after the wide ridicule they received for pulling this innocuous Non Sequitur strip back in January, they were a little gun-shy.
The newspapers will often say that they pull strips because young children read them as well as adults and some parents object to their children being exposed to adult matters. My children read the comic pages every day from the time they were very young and they simply did not bother with those that dealt with issues that were of no interest to them or went over their heads. They started reading and enjoying Doonesbury only later, as they became more politically aware. Though I haven’t seen them as yet, I highly doubt that any child is going to be traumatized by these strips. If they read them, they will likely just be bewildered.
What I am sure about is that because of this fuss, more people than usual will be reading Doonesbury, as could have been predicted from the Streisand Effect. Those who wish to can see the strips here as they appear each day starting tomorrow.