Letter: Insensitive

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Editor, the Gauntlet,

[Re: comic strip, Dec. 7, 2006]

In the current copy of the Gauntlet, the back page features a comic strip with two people making "your momma so fat..." jokes. In the third frame, a third character enters holding a bloody severed head and says "your momma so fat, she couldn't run away."

If you were not already aware, this comic strip was printed one day after the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, when in 1989, 14 women were brutally slaughtered. Interestingly, in the same edition of the Gauntlet, there was an article about the ceremony to commemorate this national event.

I find it appalling that the U of C student newspaper would be so irresponsible as to print a comic strip that mocks violence against women and tries to make it a laughable matter. Is it funny to kill women? Be it the woman in the comic or the 14 women who were murdered at L'Ecole Polytechnique, none of these women had their chance to "run away."

Obviously, whoever wrote the comic strip and chose to print it in the Gauntlet has absolutely no respect for women. It was printed in poor taste and it disgusts me to know that I attend a university where this slander is acceptable.






Chill out. your momma jokes are supposed to be rude and offensive and this one stepped it up a notch. they aren't encouraging or even condoning violence in the comic just simply pushing the boundaries.

Yo' momma's so fat, she thought that self-actualization was some kind of weight loss technique. It wasn't until later that she realized women can be men's equals in every way, and that in concentrating on her weight she was actually allowing herself to be controlled by the oppressive patriarchal paradigm. After enrolling in a few women's studies courses she was able to live quite happily with her weight, and I'm sure we can all agree that both the reader and the joke are better off for it.