The Princess

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She's back..... Dark Sarah.


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Kyle
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Aw come on Sarah your mom is innocent this time why you gotta be like that.

Submitted December 15, 2013 at 9:10PM



Rachel Newstead
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Boy, Sarah sure sucked the pleasant atmosphere out of the room. Even Wendy's breakfast has a sad expression....

Submitted December 15, 2013 at 11:30PM



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Correction, Sarah's breakfast....

Submitted December 15, 2013 at 11:32PM



Liam
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Sarah's Jewish but eats bacon? 

Submitted December 16, 2013 at 3:56AM



Rainey
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Turkey bacon mebbe? XD
And yikes! Poor Wendy. -_-

Submitted December 16, 2013 at 4:10AM




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Sarah's Jewish but eats bacon? 

Yes, religious folks never decide for themselves which bits they think are important and applicable in the modern age. By that logic- Christians could never divorce, and yet look at the rate of Christian divorces.

And, of course, there's pork-free bacon, as someone else pointed out. There's even vegetarian and vegan bacon, although I've been told that the taste is quite soul-destroying. Which, y'know, is appropriate for her attitude.

Submitted December 16, 2013 at 8:14AM



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Sarah's Jewish but eats bacon? 

I.... er..... ummm.........

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Okay, you got me on that one. I'll have to beg you to accept the 'turkey bacon' explanation, and search Amazon for 'Judaism For Gentile Dummies'. ;')






Submitted December 16, 2013 at 1:02PM




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Sarah's Jewish but eats bacon? 

I.... er..... ummm.........

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Okay, you got me on that one. I'll have to beg you to accept the 'turkey bacon' explanation, and search Amazon for 'Judaism For Gentile Dummies'. ;')


A lot of people in my family are Jewish and eat bacon. (I was raised Jewish but am now agnostic atheist.) Most reform Jews I know eat pork, shellfish, etc and just generally don't keep Kosher. I know a few conservative Jews who keep Kosher but in the mostly Jewish town I was raised in, most of the people I knew didn't keep Kosher either.

Submitted December 16, 2013 at 2:17PM



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I really hadn't given the bacon a second thought, besides noting that Sarah's family might not be that strict as far as being kosher. There is a lot of difference in practice between the different branches of Judaism, and the comic hasn't really focused on that aspect.


This is just doubly heart wrenching to read as it is so evocative of the emotions without a single word.

Submitted December 16, 2013 at 4:56PM



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I really really hope that this arc ends with Sarah realizing that acting like a moody brat isn't the correct response to life not going as she plans and losing her friend (which itself may sort itself out once Irmaving is off on their next adventure), especially when it's technically her fault it was even an issue.

Submitted December 17, 2013 at 3:05AM



Vilent Muffin
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Dark... But classy! :D

Submitted December 17, 2013 at 12:15PM




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In all fairness, she doesn't eat bacon. She just uses it to express herself(that we've seen, at least).

Submitted December 18, 2013 at 1:46AM



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First off, I have to tell you how happy I am that I found "The Princess" again.  Kept trying the DD website for months, finally quit trying.  Then yesterday I was going to delete the bookmark, but decided instead to search a bit harder.  Eventually I found theduck.com but it wasn't any further along than DD had been.  A side bit I did learn: the people that had DD had the website pretty much dumped on them.  They had no money, no tech person, and very flaky site.  In the end they just threw up their hands and quit.  In the meantime a group of artists staged a coup and got control.  They changed the name to eliminate the "drunk" reference.  Whether or not it survives is up in the air right now.

But I posted on BC about "The Princess" and I was given this link.  Yea!!!  I'm all caught up and ready to see what's next.  I say that because having just everything from Oct. 2012 to now may make things a bit muddled, not that I need any help there!

My observations, from having just caught up:  Sarah undoubtedly got her strict binary outlook on gender from her mother.  Think about how she has expressed herself.  She has flipped herself within the rigidity her mother has taught her.  All those "lessons" are deeply ingrained, mom's you can't do that, only girls do that has morphed into Sarah's girls do this and I'm a girl so I do it too, and the corollary this is what boys do so I don't do that.  Within that structure there is simply no provision for people who are genderfluid.  Sarah has no way of knowing that Irma's behavior is anything but part of the mind games Irma has been pulling all along.  I doubt the nuances of trans and genderfluidity have ever been explained to either one.  They're just kids, a lot of adults have trouble understanding this.

So I get that Sarah hurt Irma's feelings, but did Irma ever try to explain herself to Sarah?  Doesn't look like it.  So Irma shares part of the blame here also.  Irma made the assumption that Sarah knew what was going on and you know what assumptions get you.  Then there is the problem summed up so well by Sheriff Buford T. Justice:  "What we have here is a failure to communicate"!  Yeah, I'd say so!  Irma's mother knew what her daughter was going through, why didn't she take 5-10 minutes and explain things to Sarah?  Shame, a real teachable moment lost.  Kids aren't born magically knowing this stuff, they have to be taught.  So Sarah only gets a small bit of the blame, and her ignorance of the topic mitigates most of that.

So I'm going to lay most of the blame on her mother, Irma, and Irma's mother.  All three of them ignored Sarah's ignorance, especially her mother who taught Sarah a very rigid binary belief system.

Two notes:  If it sounds like I'm covering known ground here, please excuse me.  I'm not intentionally trying to bore y'all to death.  Really!  Second note:  I intentionally decided to use one name for each one.  Trying to run double names based on their gender at the time is too much hassle when your comment is being written on a touch screen tablet.

PinkBat, I am really sorry for the crap life has been throwing at you.  It sucks and there is no way to defeat it a lot of times.  Big hugs to you, hon!

Submitted December 19, 2013 at 12:54AM



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While Sarah's not doing herself any favours here, it's not her job to be sweet and loving and supportive of her parent who is, dammit, trying SO HARD to work things out. That's her mum's job. Trans* people have bad days too :(

Submitted December 19, 2013 at 11:39AM



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