Saturday Morning Cartoons: Repression

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Cameron is an illustrator hailing from Ohio. When she’s not drawing, she’s probably very, very quietly having loud thoughts about: queer things, her eventual shop, what to watch next on Netflix, food, names for her future pets, and tumblr.

Cameron has written 76 articles for us.


      • Well, one gets so buttoned down that the gaydar is blunted and daily life possibilities are ignored if encounters take place in non-LGBT spaces. And – closeted from economic necessity – that happens if one is in a highly skilled but deeply conservative employment field. But these are habits picked up in the 1970s and early 1980s in conservative Midwest states.

        • Common to suburban and country areas in Australia and I expect other countries too. Age is part of mine and my partner’s relative isolation though, too.

    • Thank you for this comment, an interesting (and sad) point of view. I wonder how much this has affected my crush style, even though I was born in the 1980s.

  1. I feel the ending of this cartoon is quite harsh, but opening questions in a way. But the bluntness of it to me seems to be quite negating of people who like others have commented before maybe have been closeted for reasons. Also for people whose emotional development (seperate to their sexuality) makes them act in a less than ’21st century sex positive’ way, or people with other health issues that affect their openness to emotion. I guess things are often open ended, but when you decide that yourself is personal. I would like to see a development in this conversation on this idea, and the questions it raises. Because as someone who grew up finding things online in a closeted life, but pre to early ‘afterEllen’ years I do think this seem to garner not much hope. I don’t often comment, maybe I found the reality too much. But it’s good though. It made me comment and I think it will make people question, what more can you ask for?

  2. How dare you call out my life like this who gave you the right to see into people’s lives I wanna sue

  3. Isn’t it equally possible that repressed friends aren’t repressed at all, but aromantic or asexual?

  4. I can’t count how many times I’ve had pretty much this exact conversation with my best friend.

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