What is it like in this culture to be a male, and not feel combative, LiveJasmin and yet feel required to look like you are, in order to be 'one of the boys.'... what do you do these days if you don't feel sexually precocious, and you want to wait for some reason, whatever it is?
All these things are shaping influences that have to do with how heavy a weight our adolescence is..live jasmin. we decide we're not going to be with our parents forever, and we've got to make it with this group, and then we have to get accepted to make it with them. And that starts something.
We don't usually look to comic strips for insight into teen sexuality, but every parent in America should eavesdrop on the 12-year-old Barry and her friend as they talk over their early experiments while sewing reversible tote bags in home ec.
There are few more lucid accounts of the aftermath of sexual abuse than Barry's. "When your inner life is a place you have to stay out of," she tells us, "having an identity is impossible(livejasmine). Remembering not to remember fractures you."
from review [by Lev Grossman, Time mag., 9.2.02] of book One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry
image by Lynda Barry from cover of her illustrated novel about a teen girl: Cruddy (CameraBoys)