Comic 491 - Bump

6th Feb 2014, 5:10 PM in Ch. 20: Just a Quiet Weekend
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)
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Jocelyn 6th Feb 2014, 5:10 PM edit delete
Elsewhere at about the same time, it seems Emily is over at Rain's place. It must be kind of a relief to be at a friend's home where she's not going to be judged for her pregnancy. Commentary and questions are inevitable in said situations though. And of course, when it's Fara's home, playful teasing should be expected. XD

And then of course, there's Rain's reactions. Or... is it any of it worth noting?

By the way, to save you some trouble, fourteen weeks would take us back to about the last week of October.

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

I'd like to add that the RainComicStore is going through some changes currently, so the catalog may look a bit different.

Also, I've said this before, but I'm trying to raise money for SRS, and I'm still struggling with it. If you can help, it would be most welcome. If not, don’t worry about it. I totally understand (you don't need to feel bad or apologize if you can’t).
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Nightsky 6th Feb 2014, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
Personally, I think Rain might be a LITTLE jealous. At the very start, she said she wanted to be a mommy when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up.
j-eagle12212012 6th Feb 2014, 10:30 PM edit delete reply
I have to agree with @Nightsky
ranger_brianna_new 7th Feb 2014, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
Little bit, yeah, but not envious-jealous.
j-eagle12212012 6th Feb 2014, 10:32 PM edit delete reply
@Jocelyn any update on Rain vol 2?
Mackus 7th Feb 2014, 5:23 AM edit delete reply
Dammit Emily. Way to shoot yourself (and your baby) in the foot.
You've chosen to bring into this world child who (as child of single mother) is several times more likely to become rapist, prisoner, homeless, stripper, or teen single parent herself. To spite your mom.
music 7th Feb 2014, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Yes, because those are all moral equivalents - better watch out for those rapists *and* strippers. Sure, because there are no support options for teen mothers. Of course you've thought through the thorny issue of socioeconomic class and its impact on parenting, questioned those statistics, and come to the conclusion that sure enough those *general* statistics apply to *Emily* specifically.

And, you're exactly right, "maternal instincts" are only a cover for spiting one's parents. Obviously.
Mackus 8th Feb 2014, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
You are the one who came up with equating rapists and strippers. I merely mentioned them in one sentence. Saying "1, 2, 3" does not mean one equate 2 and 3. While I would prefer to have stripper daughter than rapist one, doesn't mean either of those is good carrer/hobby choice.

And fuck maternal instincts. Just because instincts tell you to do something, it doesn't mean its moral and responsible. Instincts without prudence are chains.
Emily isn't standing up for herself by ignoring her mothers eventual disapproval. She is justifying decision that takes less _immediate_ effort on her part.
And just because there is some social support for teen mothers, doesn't mean its easier than having actual family.
Adri 7th Feb 2014, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
My mother was pregnant at 19, had two kids before she was 23. And all in all, I had a good life. No, it wasn't overly prosperous. There were problems. But look, I'm not a stripper, a rapist, a prisoner, homeless, and neither of my kids came until after I was my twenties.

General statistics don't apply. Having carried a child I wasn't planning on, I know how hard it is to feel those changes and I really keeping this? How can I get rid of something so beautiful.

Also, keep in mind she's likely religious and most religious people frown on abortion, very strongly. Sure, there is adoption, but that's a hard hard choice for a woman to make. Don't generalize and start bitching about something. It's a case by case basis and it's a matter of how strong and determined the mother is. If she has a good support system, she'll be fine if she really wants to be a good mom.
Mackus 8th Feb 2014, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
Well, good for you for pulling through. I mean it, good for you.
Generalizing does not give you iron-sure answer, but it does give you GENERAL IDEA of what to expect.

I hate it when people automatically reject abortion as an option, treat it as false choice that is never selected.
Are they saying that women who have abortions are murderers?
Good support system? Family would be one. And its pretty clear Emily's parents won't be much help. No father, no grandparents, highschool mom - thats hardly good support system.
Jen Done 7th Feb 2014, 4:31 PM edit delete reply

Maybe she honestly wanted to keep the kid :P Every mother makes that decision. And I wouldn't spit in the collective face of single teenage mothers on the flawed notion that being part of a statistic makes one an embodiment of all that could conceivably go wrong. Because that's just kind of a dick move all around.
Mackus 8th Feb 2014, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
Single mothers are not immune to criticism. Statistics are not absolute truth, doesn't mean they are irrelevant.
Here, have some podcasts about it:

The Dangers of Dating a Single Mom:
The Dangers of Criticizing a Single Mom:
Lex-Kat 24th Nov 2016, 2:54 AM edit delete reply
OMG you are such an ass!

It's not an easy decision to make, and she doesn't need someone like you spitting on her.
Alice (Annie) 7th Feb 2014, 10:40 AM edit delete reply
Hi Jocelyn, I have something I would like to ask you, I havenb't been commenting for a while because of this and that, but I wanted to touch base to ask you something. I KNOW I don't really need your permission for this but still having your blessing would mean a lot, I will be changing my name finally in a few days and I would like to ask for your blessing to take Jocelyn as my middle name, I would be 'Alice Jocelyn'. I have always liked your name but I am sure it was reading your strip that brought it to mind when I was considering my new name.

Jocelyn 7th Feb 2014, 12:18 PM edit delete reply

By all means, I'm honored that you would choose your name based on mine. It means a lot to me that I could have such a positive impact on someone that they'd consider such a thing. So, while you don't technically need it, you have my blessing. ^_^

And good luck with the name change. It was a bit of an adventure for me, so hopefully it's easier for you. ^_^
Poster 9th Feb 2014, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
I love the outfits you draw for the characters. I'd like to try both Rain's and Emily's from this panel.
Jocelyn 9th Feb 2014, 5:57 PM edit delete reply

Thanks. Me too. Most of the time, the outfits I give the female characters are based on things I own (or more commonly, wish I owned). I used to have a skirt like Rain's. I do own like two shirts like Emily's though. XD
Tualha 4th Jun 2015, 3:47 AM edit delete reply
I do wonder how the rigid, authoritarian Catholic school will react.
SilentNight 13th Aug 2015, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
Really digging Emily's wardrobe this time through, are you going to do a sketch page for her for a future Rain Delay?
Guest 7th Mar 2018, 9:42 AM edit delete reply
I think Rain likes babies. :)
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