1. Silentbob says

    See the paper Jesus is reading? It’s a transphobic dog-whistle.

    Recently, the Author has taken to mocking trans people, and this makes me very sad. 🙁

    Transphobia is an irrational belief, like Abrahamic religion (which is relentlessly trans/homophobic), and I thought the Author would know better than to get sucked into the current wave of reactionary hostility to society’s gradual awareness and acceptance of trans people.

  2. John Morales says

    Had a look for myself, can’t dispute #1 or #2. Comments there are informative, too.

  3. Mano Singham says

    Wow, thanks for that information Silentbob. I had no idea.

    I used to read Jesus and Mo regularly and comment favorably on the strips but have not done so for the last few years, not for any particular reason but lost the habit of checking it out. So I missed what seems to have been a disturbing evolution of the strip’s direction.

    As I have said many times before, I simply do not understand the antipathy and antagonism towards transpeople. Why do people seem to care so much about how other people identify themselves? In what way does it affect them? Why does it matter to them?

  4. publicola says

    Maybe it was the author’s way of satirizing the Christian practice of demonizing everyone who is different.

  5. Silentbob says

    @ 4 Mano

    I know! It makes no sense. You may as well ask why anyone would care if two consenting adults in a relationship were same sex, or opposite sex. No reason,. Ossified beliefs about what’s “normal” from thousands of years ago.

    Don’t get me wrong; there’s nothing wrong with liking J&M. I like J&M, normally. That’s why I’m sad. It’s odd to see the Author make Mo (of all people!) a trans caricature, and implicitly seem to side with reactionary conservatism.

    @5 publicola

    Like I said, it’s a dog whistle. I would like to believe you’re right, but if you look, the strip I linked was actually tagged “genderism”, so I’m afraid your hypothesis is not sustainable. 🙂

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