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Amusingly, a fair number of asexuals tend to be fairly open on the idea their parents/friends are thinking sexy thoughts. As long as they don't expect us to understand it, anyway.

Of course, we have to be reminded of that fact first. Its hard to remember how everyone else thinks about such things when you don't think that way.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMindsword2

Scott, you are on a roll. Both this one and the previous strip (how to share your ideas) are brilliant. You are at the apex of your powers. Which of course means it is all downhill from here.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWayne

You have to admit that this comment is quite funny.

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

˙ǝɹǝɥʇ pıp noʎ ʇɐɥʍ ǝǝs I

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPsnyde

I believe it's Dan Savage who often argues that children should be on a 'need to know basis' with their parents' sexuality and love life. And vice-versa.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMythicFox

I disagree with the Jack Palance instructions.

You really don't have to talk about it, ever.

I also disagree with "the talk", an isolated session of dictating the parent's limited knowledge about human biological reproduction to their offspring. Instead, information should be researched (in print form, not real life, but not from newspapers either), passed on as questions arise, which probably will be way sooner than you expected, but not in more detail than immediately necessary - start with "Babies grow in a mummy's tummy" [*] - and absolutely set it appropriately in the context of loving relationships. But maybe not with Jack Palance.

[*] Approximately. See

I got accidental unsupervised access to my older sister's high school biology textbook, and also, when the right time apparently came at my school, they showed us an old film about sexually transmitted diseases. That was that, and it wasn't enough (I dropped biology too soon?)

I was going to write there "That's all I got", but that would have been open to misinterpretation.

I think that age-inappropriate information about love and sex will be most likely incomprehensible and uninteresting, maybe scary, but otherwise not dangerous in itself.

Parents seem to be born uncomfortable with their children's sexuality, but they want us to grow up, don't they? Eventually.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Hmmm, the last guy I know who viewed his mother as a sexual being was Oedipus, and look how well that turned out for him.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdavidc

Scott, you have to admit Missy's final comment in panel 4 seals the win for her in this one.

But I have to admit, it was probably you that came up with it.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark W

Those readers who think that men shouldn't view their mothers as asexual virginal beings are wrong.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJacob S

You have to admit, if our mothers were asexual, virginal beings, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSumocat

Thanks to XBOX LIVE, I already know a lot about my mother's sex life.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThestas

Jack Palance is easily the most attractive actor to come down the pike since Ernest Borgnine.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Is it just me, or is that chicken in Missy's hair getting more sexy?

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRawr

I view my parents sexuality like I view your bathroom habits. I know everybody poops, but don't draw my attention to it by giving me details.

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFurslid

Dude, that is the second grammatical error this year. " clearly and vividly as possibly"? You getting enough sleep?

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

When I was eleven, all the girls in my grade were herded into the school gym to watch a Disney-made film about female puberty and the fun of menstruation and becoming a woman. That experience kept me chaste all the way through high school.

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

As the sixth of seven children, viewing my mother that way was never really an option for me, I have to admit.

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

Holy shit this one was fun.

I'm in the side that makes you uncomfortable, by the way, but I'm also uncomfortable about it.

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAl

Saw this and thought of you


May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

I don't have a son. But if I did, I'd be inclined to propose a mutual pact. If he would kindly refrain from telling me which celebrities he'd like to take to bed, I would refrain likewise. Call it a pact of mutual assured peace-of-mind destruction.

May 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

To take on a less discussed point here: You don't have to be sexually attracted to men to acknowledge Jack Palance's noticeable sexuality and understand why women are attracted to him (when he was alive, I mean. J-just to state the obvious, ok?)

We're talking about a guy who jumped out of a burning bomber plane mid-air (in real life, not in a movie) and who casually performed one-armed push-ups at age 72. Of course such a guy is sexy, even I can attest to this as a normal male.

May 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHS

"Thanks to XBOX LIVE, I already know a lot about my mother's sex life."
You win the internet, Thestas.

July 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPom Rania
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