Advice From The Comic Hack 145 – The “I Am Forced To Take Another Look At My Glib Response To An Abusive Relationship” Edition

May 21

Advice From The Comic Hack 145 – The “I Am Forced To Take Another Look At My Glib Response To An Abusive Relationship” Edition

Pioneer, woodmen, frontiersmen and coon-skin-cap aficionado Daniel Boone supposedly said “I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.” That’s funny; but not very serious. Author, Speaker and Pastor (Passed-her? I barely know her!) John Calvin Maxwell says “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” That’s more serious, useful and dour no? How am I going to use that in a comedic Advice Column? Just over three months ago I wrote  a column that has turned-out to be one of my more popular and most controversial. Today I use the wisdom of Maxwell, the humor of Boone, and the mystery of Becky as I address what might have been a mistake on the part of Your Humble Comic Hack. For the only second time in this column’s 145 entry history I am revisiting a question that I already answered with the thought that maybe – just maybe I really screwed it up the first time. You be the judge. I look forward to your comments below. Also SHARE this column please and submit questions for future columns – which I may or may not answer correctly to advicequestions@tortugatwins.com    Why do people stay with lovers that treat them badly?  It’s none of my business, but I am baffled as to why my sister stays with her live-in boyfriend.  She says she loves him and he makes her feel good.  But she won’t go out in public with him.   Huh?  If they are going out, to the movies or to see friends, he tells her what to wear.  During the event, he pokes her with an elbow or taps her with his foot if he doesn’t approve of what she is talking about.  When they leave and are alone in the car, he tells her everything she said or did that was wrong.  How is that love?    In answering this question for a second time – let me salvage the accurate and poignant first response from the first time I addressed this question “…How is that love” and My answer still is: “Oh this is an EASY one! It’s NOT love...

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Advice From The Comic Hack 144 – The Slut By Any Other Shame Edition

May 07

Advice From The Comic Hack 144 – The Slut By Any Other Shame Edition

Normally I LOVE the wit and wisdom of OG Sex Symbol Mae West but in light of today’s question from a Darling reader I find this beautiful chestnut “Good Girls go to heaven – Bad girls go everywhere” a whole lot less enjoyable than I used to. In Anthropology of an American Girl – a modern coming-of-age story often compared to Catcher In The Rye –  Hilary Thayer Hamann wrote an amazing passage that I can only quote in brief. “Boys will be boys, that’s what people say. No one ever mentions how girls have to be something other than themselves altogether” In one of my most topical columns and inspired by a stupid comment from actors promoting a hell of a good movie I tackle gender-based double-standards and the hateful and entrenched misogyny of attacking women for not conforming to society’s standards of chastity. When you tramps and floozies are done reading today’s column please be kind enough to LIKE and SHARE it. You should also submit – because it’s in your nature – questions for future columns to advicequestions@tortugatwins.com   Dear Comic Hack recently the entertainment news sites made a big fuss over the fact that Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner referred to the character of their Avengers Co-star Scarlett Johansson as a slut. These are usually pretty nice guys by all reports but it made me wonder why slut shaming is still a thing in this day-and-age? You know this is both really easy and kind of difficult to answer. The Comic in The Comic Hack wants to say “We shouldn’t be slut-shaming, we should be slut rejoicing!” The feminist in me … What are you laughing at? Sure, I’ve been inside plenty of feminists in my time but there’s also a feminist inside of me. She is however genuinely appalled at the horrendous state of the place;  but I digress The feminist inside of me wants to point out that hoary old trope – which is not the same as a whore-y old tramp – that a slut is just a woman with the values of a man. All that aside; there’s just no escaping the fact that we labor under a huge double standard...

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