Below is the latest The Pain -- When Will It End?
I first imagined this cartoon as
including only the woman and child, but this seemed like too bitter and cynical
a comment on the institutions of monogamy and parenting to run in print while
I was involved in a relationship, so I figured I'd just have to file it until
whenever my girlfriend and I broke up. Then I realized I could expand it into
a broader, and therefore maybe less potentially misogynistic, statement about
all the societal institutions, from family to work, that ensnare and repress
us all--the insidious systems of punishments and rewards that muzzle and train
us and turn us into frightened dancing bears with funny hats on our heads
while all around us everyone applauds. This is basically Sigmund Freud's Civilization
and Its Discontents boiled down to one-panel cartoon form. I still had
to have a tacful little talk with my girlfriend before I ran it, though. It's
not one of her favorites.