Comic 964 - Machismo

26th Jun 2017, 12:04 PM in Ch. 33 - The Calm
Machismo
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Jocelyn 26th Jun 2017, 12:04 PM edit delete
Jocelyn
Incidentally, unless something suddenly changes, Todd's not even planned to appear in this chapter. But this particular arc with him is important, so I wanted to make sure it got brought up even if he himself isn't around. I wonder if there's any plausibility to the "machismo theory" though. Thoughts on that?

Also, as you can see in the last panel, Ruby is still there having lunch and remains totally unnoticed thus far.


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Guest 26th Jun 2017, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
No, the machismo theory doesn't cut it. At least not such that Aidyn bothers him any. Far more likely he's struggking with latent homosexuality; trying to deny it to himself via douchebagerry.
Jessica Bright 27th Jun 2017, 8:39 PM edit delete reply
I was thinking even if he's perfectly straight, he might be worried as being seen as gay--possibly from family, or others--if he doesn't find a date. Or he IS gay and he's just very closeted.
Guest 26th Jun 2017, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
**struggling
Some Ed 26th Jun 2017, 1:05 PM edit delete reply
Most, though probably not all, of the guys like Todd that I've met act the way they do because of a combination of poor self esteem and other factors I won't pretend to understand. I say that because there's always appeared to be a distinct stimulus response behavior to it that I was fortunate enough to be able to observe.

For example, if Bruno fails a test, and for some reason he knows he *can't* beat up the guy who got the high score, he's going to beat up someone else. And it won't be someone he just happens to run into; he'll choose a target and go out of his way to be able to beat up that target.

These people generally realized at a sufficiently conscious level that they felt inferior to the people they picked on to commiserate with their fellow bullies when they believed nobody else was around.

For what it's worth, offering to tutor them is probably not the greatest of ideas. I only have one actual data point to base that on, but it doesn't particularly seem like a good idea even apart from that. They really need to first be convinced that their abusive behavior is not going to be helpful to them in the long run. Unfortunately, before we can do that, we would need to correct our laws and society to make that behavior not be helpful to them in the long run. Considering who runs countries and companies these days... we have a really long way to go on that. We may have made some significant strides in the class room, but not a thing where it seems to be needed most.

Edit: added a missing 'o' in choose in paragraph two.
kellymoon 28th Jun 2017, 2:28 AM edit delete reply
It would be nice to see some tod and ruby magic
Neelix 26th Jun 2017, 1:10 PM edit delete reply
I think Ana's on the wrong track somehow. As for his dismissal of Colette I got the impression that was Todd being racist more than anything else.
Guest 26th Jun 2017, 1:35 PM edit delete reply
ive always hated the transphobes/homophobes are latent tran/homo people.

Feel like a narrative to force the blame for our own bullying onto our gender or sexuality
bgb16999 26th Jun 2017, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
bgb16999
I mostly agree. It feels way to common in fiction for the homophobic/transphobic person to be gay/trans themselves. That said, it does happen in real life at least some of the time, with Jerome Robbins being a prime example. I'd rather not see it be the case for Todd or Kellen, though.
Samantha 26th Jun 2017, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
Hey, even bullies have feelings. The hurt other people because they have a sociopathic need to cause pain and/or insecurity and jealousy.

Essentially, some of it is loneliness and a horrible means of making friends.
Reimi 26th Jun 2017, 9:17 PM edit delete reply
Reimi
It's a deep subject, but without more information to go on it's gonna be hard to pinpoint the exact reasons behind this, but I would say jealousy over others having dates is a part of it.
Guest 27th Jun 2017, 11:19 AM edit delete reply
Whos top Rain or Emily? Not in a drity way. Just who take more control in the rralinship?
Different Guest 28th Jun 2017, 4:20 AM edit delete reply
This line of questioning is kind of creepy... But I kind of head-cannon Emily as a versitile and I'm pretty sure Rain is too new to her identity to really know what she wants in that department.
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