Comic 316 - Attraction

24th Jan 2013, 6:50 PM in Ch 13: Togetherness
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)
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Jocelyn 24th Jan 2013, 6:50 PM edit delete
Love is a very complicated thing (understatement of the century!). I don’t believe there are any right or wrong answers. Gavin’s dad (his name is Trevor, by the way) is one man. Although gay, he did legitimately love the woman he married, but he couldn’t take the lie he was feeding himself (as subtly implied by the last panel). This DOES have the potential to draw parallels to some other couple we know. But does it actually guarantee anything?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

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Nightsky 24th Jan 2013, 7:00 PM edit delete reply
I believe there are different kinds of love in the world. Some are sexual, some aren't. I actually made a list of them a while back. It included intellectual, admiration for a talent, personality type...

There are many ways you can love someone, but not all of them are necessarily sexual, you know?
CyberSkull 24th Jan 2013, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
Greek has at least 5 different words for various kinds of love.
Cluedrew 23rd Jun 2020, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
As I recall they translate to: Comradery, Friendship, Romantic-Love, Parental-Love and Unconditional/Divine-Love.

One could write a lot more about them but I think that gives you the general idea. I use love is the emotion of selflessness myself but that is a me thing.
CyberSkull 16th Sep 2020, 5:34 AM edit delete reply
Agape is usually translated as "principled" love in English.
Invader.Socks 24th Jan 2013, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
I do know a couple who were in a lesbian relationship before one transitioned to male - they're still together, so I honestly think that anything's possible. It all depends on what the almighty comic artist decides. :P
Mackus 25th Jan 2013, 5:33 AM edit delete reply
Wow, I like Gavins Dad. He and his lover have pretty much the same opinion on Gavin/Rain and Rudy/Ryan as I do.
I think Rudy sees Rain socially as woman, but sexually as a man. Thats why he only THINKS he is attracted to "her". He is not, he might genuinely like "her", but is attracted to "him".
However, I am not as worried as they are, since after all they are just high schoolers. Being couple in school rarely translates to marriage in later life, so no reason to not enjoy it while it lasts.
Ris 26th Jan 2013, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
My friend got a boyfriend a year ago, who didn't mind having a boyfriend, but made it clear he was straight and could only date my friend until he started to transition. It was best for both of them, since they knew the limits of the relationship and knew that once my friend started to transition, his boyfriend wouldn't be as attracted to him because of the physical reasons, and that wouldn't have been a god relationship to continue. But it was made clear from the beginning, which I think is a very good thing to do. If you don't know each others' limits, it can lead to larger heartbreaks in the end as oppossed to if it is just said up-front, which also can determine whether the relationship happens or not. The two are still friends though.
Kyla 22nd Oct 2013, 5:50 AM edit delete reply
I can't wait till Rain starts HRT.. I mean does she soon? Aaaa!! I am so far behind =P
Albireo 20th Dec 2013, 3:16 AM edit delete reply
Hm, yeah, this strip hits a lot of points I was wondering about until now in regards to Rudy's feelings, like a hammer to a nail. Although, just for addition's sake...Gavin's dad could've loved his mom and grew to like her over time to the point Gavin happened at some point.

Just glad these three seem so cool about it. Much better than Aiken handled things. lol

jackrich 30th Jul 2015, 3:13 PM edit delete reply
To the best of my knowledge, I'm demi-pan, which means the only thing my relationship hinges on is the depth of our connection. It makes it really hard for me to break up with people but very plain to know when I care for someone. I'm currently with a biologically female person who will transition at least partly. Our connection cannot be severed by physical traits. (I pray I don't eat those words) Its unfortunate that this gross dichotomy (ie exacting paralleled nuance, not calling you gross ^ ^;; ) between the sexes seems like it has to be preserved.
But then again, I don't fully comprehend the physical need that Trevor may be regarding here. Perhaps a male bodied person may be what he needs. Thats what Trevor needed, so maybe Trevor can only speak for himself.
gotta keep reading ti find out.
oryuchild 7th Oct 2017, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
Aww, I do love Gavin's dad! I believe I have read something similar, where one person in a relationship was gay but they still loved the other person, but I don't remember the name of the book. (And no, it wasn't Rudy & Rain's relationship :P)
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