March 11th, 2008
by Terri Libenson
Iâ€™ve decided that any time I get multiple complaints about a strip, Iâ€™ll probably do a blog post about it.
The March 9th Sunday strip struck a cord with some readers (sorry, contractually, I canâ€™t post the actual cartoon for another two weeks). Okay, let me set the record straight. Iâ€™m not skinny-bashing.
I myself am a slender, small-framed woman who tries to exercise regularly. I wasnâ€™t trying to slam thin women. I was using humor to portray that busy moms who often donâ€™t have time to exercise may feel envious of the ones who do (completely unfounded, of course). AlthoughÂ I try to stay in shape, I still sometimes feel soft and mushy compared to the ones with gravity-defying body parts (moms, I mean â€“ not teenagers. Well, them, too). The cartoon is satirical and spoofy. I think itâ€™s safe to say that the rock-hard moms with â€œyogafied buttsâ€ are more of a rarity. If you are one of them, all the power to you.
Itâ€™s always interesting for me to see which strips touch a nerve. Usually Iâ€™m just writing from the heart, either through casual observation or pointed opinion. Sometimes the strips that I think will cause offense slide on by, while others that seem safe to me will cause my inbox to go on red alert. In the case of this strip, Iâ€™m not very surprised I got feedback. Just remember: it is satire.
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