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Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | October 05, 2017

A boating accident on de Nile? What a lovely simile. I remember those days. There was a lot of denial on many sides, then and for a long time: AIDS was a punishment from God, including on rape victims and their babies; HIV wasn't the cause of AIDS; the FDA knew of cures but wouldn't approve them. I had Nigerian friends assure me with great certainty that the virus was a CIA plot to kill off all Africans. The worst delusion I know of was that sex with a virgin (in practice, raping little girls) could cure AIDS.

For years now we have had real knowledge. One of the most important things we have known for a while is that AIDS patients with the virus suppressed cannot normally pass HIV on, so that San Francisco and other places have detailed plans to get to zero new cases. Here's a link to the International Journal of Preventive Medicine's "Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination, and Zero AIDS-Related Deaths: Feasible Goals or Ambitious Visions on the Occasion of the World AIDS Day?"

Paul | North Canton, OH | October 04, 2017

A big thank you for the "Oh Well" video the other day -- one of my all-time favorites from my college years. Great album too, Then Play On. Thanks for stirring the memories.

Scott Fletcher | London, UK | September 28, 2017

Hef is dead and I'm worried that the silk-pajama and velvet-smoking-jacket trades won't be able to take the fall in demand. I see Boopsie was Babe of Honor at Hef's 1989 nuptials. Do you have pictures?

Editor's Note:

 Indeed. And here's another.

Simon Kneebone | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | September 28, 2017

Australia is heading towards being AIDS-free. I think the current CLASSICS story arc on Andy's remission and (spoiler alert) eventual succumbing to the disease, is among the very finest work Mr Trudeau has done.

Amphibious | Donegal, IRELAND | September 27, 2017

Boopsie has come a long way since the Walden commune daze, when Nichole tried to interest her in feminism.

Derek S. | Peoria, IL | September 26, 2017

On the FLASHBACKS page, the 20-Years-Ago-Today strip is still being represented by a string of bad code. What is the correct archive link for that strip? I'd like to keep up with the flow. Thanks.

Editor's Note:

 We have a tech repair pending on that. Meanwhile, here's a link to today's 20-Years-Ago strip, from which you'll be able to click forward all week. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Tom | San Francisco, CA | September 24, 2017

Re today's strip: The throwaway panels are pretty silly -- gender identity isn't something one chooses -- but the rest of today's Doonesbury is spot-on. Whenever I hear or read someone saying, "I'm not a feminist," I jump. How could anyone not be a feminist?

No matter which wave of feminism, feminism boils down to the same questions. Should women have the autonomy to make their own decisions, to determine their own life path? Should women and girls have the same access to education, employment, recreation, public discourse and influence, personal safety, health care, and the fulfillment of other basic needs, that men and boys do? Should anyone be subjected to violence because of their sex or gender?

Given the high numbers of child brides all around the world, the fact that child marriage is still legal (with parental "consent," which can often mean "command") in every state of this country, and the prevalence of human trafficking in this country, we need feminism now more than ever. Feminism is the right of every child to grow up unmolested and whole, safe and sound, regardless of gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. It's also the right of every child to grow up with guidance to help them steer clear from becoming perpetrators of sexual cruelty. We need feminism so badly these days. For all of our children.

Tom Wojcik | Toronto, CANADA | September 24, 2017

Just read today's strip and laughed out loud. Had to show it to my 22-year-old feminist daughter, who never reads comics and had to be told which direction the panels went. She loved it!! One of the best Doonesbury comics of all time. Great Job!

Terry Layman | Newbury, UK | September 24, 2017

The longevity of GBT and his creations is partially due to his prescience and ability to incorporate such in his story lines. It took 25 years for his strips on DJT running for president ("Okay, but if you did run for Congress..." "President. Think president.") to come true. It took 15 years for his strips with (and Noah’s Ark with the drownable dinosaurs) to describe the world view of many. May I live long enough to see Sam's attitude wide-spread in society and, more importantly, accurate.

Melinda Capoza | Augusta, GA | September 24, 2017

Re: today's strip on modern-day feminism: My daughter and I have discussed the situation quite a few times. She tends to be harsh about young women who take supposed equality for granted, while dressing hooker-chic sometimes and/or acting like a Stepford wife. Furthermore, she's aggravated that my generation spent time on the barricades, struggling so hard for gender equality and the right to control our own bodies, only to see that some young women do not appreciate our efforts and gains. On the other hand, I have reached an age, and attitude, at which "People are what they are, and do what they do" is somewhat comforting to my ideals, which have neither changed nor dwindled.

Chris W. | US of A | September 24, 2017

I wonder if I am missing the Trump reference in this week's strip. It's not Doonesbury if it's not keeping DJT at the forefront of our attention. Kim and Alex showed us a couple months ago that nothing is important if it doesn't involve Trump. People didn't watch the Emmys because they cared about TV shows, they wanted to hear about Trump.

Richard Hart | Luton, ENGLAND | September 24, 2017

Are Sam's ideas about feminism so wrong? The fact is feminism manages to be about equality of opportunity in some minds and equality of outcome in others. These are two diametrically opposed idea in philosophical terms, with one having its roots in freedom and the other in communism. Then there are feminists popular with media outlets whose publicly stated views imply in the strongest possible way that women are superior to men. Feminism, like any idea left lying around for long enough is going to find itself hijacked by some pretty nasty people and made to serve their ends.

Ronald | North Little Rock, AR | September 24, 2017

Re today's strip: Well, isn't the "women are superior to men" thing equally obvious? I'm a man, so I get to say that. ;-)

Paula | Columbus, GA | September 23, 2017

I must say I love the videos of the day. I've ended up discovering new artists and neat videos (the hummingbirds for example) through your site.  A pure joy. And since this is a time of my life in which I can no longer take watching "Da News," reading updates on the Daily Briefing works for me. Thanks, thanks!

Grant H. | Hamilton, CANADA | September 21, 2017

Re the 15-years-ago-today strip on the Flashbacks page, which is about David Geffen: He was an early supporter of his client Joni Mitchell, letting her stay in his house; she wrote "Free Man in Paris" about him. His blocking beach access makes her lines "took all the trees, put 'em in a tree museum" and "they paved paradise, put up a parking lot" somewhat ironic. (Based on what Geffen was doing, not Joni, to be clear.)

Amy Genova | Poulsbo, WA | September 21, 2017

The new-wife-and-old-wife series is depressing me. People think my husband is my son -- we are three years apart.

Alfred James | Bel Aire, KS | September 20, 2017

Today's Classic strip: a typical day at the country club. Trump's people.

Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | September 20, 2017

It dawned on me today that I have never said how much I appreciate the Mudline. It offers so many quotes I would never have found on my own -- many very humorous, too -- and putting some I have seen in a new, insightful context. In short, keep it going!

Ian Spencer | Frankfurt, GERMANY | September 19, 2017

The current Classic series about trophy wives is a wonderful example of the insanely perverted sense of entitlement that the rich, in particular corporate CEOs, enjoy today. In just a few lines Trudeau sums it up nicely, when he describes a businessman viewing his marriage as a return on investment. This has now explanded beyond tophy wives to all aspects of their renumeration. Why A CEO or a VP needs an additional $20 million in options to do their job properly is beyond me, surely a wage of over a million is/should be motivation enough.

Simon Kneebone | Sydney, AUSTRALIA | September 18, 2017

I felt a shudder when I noticed how Joanie has aged. I realise how the sands of time really have flown through the hourglass.