Sunday, February 3, 2008

Umbert the Unborn



Is this comic as awful as I think it is? Or is it just me?

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22 comments:

Bryce said...

positively horrifying

A.W. said...

Oi, what the hell is that? Thought people weren't supposed to lie (oh, wait, my bad.insinuate about human capabilities. And the joke at the end? Lacks humor. There's so much wrong with that I don't know where to start.

Anonymous said...

Is that a joke or real? Where did it come from?

skippy said...

off topic, but "duck soup" is in my 10 best movies ever made list, daisy.

that, plus use of grateful dead logo especially endears you to my heart.

Lisa Harney said...

Yeah, ugh, this is pretty bad.

The format could be funny and cute, but it's such an obvious anti-choice platform and the writer tries way too hard.

The fact that this strip is written by a man and is his way to politic against women's reproductive rights is just disgusting.

Lisa Harney said...

Oh, Daisy, have you seen this post on Feministe? It makes a good contrast.

On the one hand you have "allegedly cute fetis calling womb service." On the other hand, you have women dying from sepsis from illegal abortions before Roe vs. Wade. Anti-choice is truly repugnant.

Daisy said...

Lisa, yeah I did. The "cuteness" factor is just very bizarre to me. Is the cuteness factor supposed to dissuade women from having abortions? If you see a cutesy cartoon fetus, will you "think twice" about having an abortion--is that the operative concept?

Just plain bizarre.

Anonymous, this is quite real. I saw this in a Catholic diocesan publication, after attending Mass on Sunday. 'Umbert' is apparently syndicated to a lot of diocesan newspapers, and a collection of these comics (see link) has been published.

Gary said...

Thank you for sharing my comic strip with your bloggers. Yes, it is for real and I've been drawing it since 2001. I understand how passionate you all are about the right to so-called "choice." I am equally passionate about the fundamental right to life we all have which includes those women whose voices will be forever silenced in the womb and will be unable to participate in this discussion. If Umbert helps get a new dialogue started on this issue, then my mission is accomplished. Thanks again, I sincerely mean that.
Gary Cangemi, Umbert's creator.

Lisa Harney said...

What about women whose voices are forever silenced because they had no access to legal, safe abortions? What would those women say if they were alive today to comment on this issue? Why do pregnancy-related death rates go up in countries that outlaw abortion?

Why are so-called "pro-lifers" interested in a state of affairs that allows - even causes - so many women to die? Why do so-called "pro-lifers" terrorize and murder abortion providers?

Why do you phrase your response as if allowing abortion has nothing to do with choice?

thene said...

It's kinda interesting that the comic is framed so that the mother is a location rather than a character, a person, someone whose life experiences are worth considering and respecting. She's just a silent prop for an anti-choice agenda.

Ravenmn said...

I agree with Thene. There's no woman in the cartoon. There's a womb, but it's not attached to anything. I don't have any problems with those who work to protect the fetuses born from unattached wombs!

Zan said...

Quite right. I can absolutely get behind protecting fetii who are residing in unattached wombs. I simply have a problem with people who just happen to forget that wombs generally come attached to women. I have this crazy idea that my health and well-being are a wee bit more important than a as-yet-not-fully-formed person. Silly me.

And really, aren't there about oh, a million things, that can be done to reduce the need for abortion aside from an outright ban? Or would that be too much to ask?

Lisa Harney said...

Yes, I often wonder why opposition to choice is wrapped up with opposition to reproductive control - no birth control, no abortion, just risk pregnancy when having sex, and carry the baby to term when it happens. That plus the belief that teaching abstinence in place of real sex education will help in any way.

In fact, I have to ask if so-called "pro-lifers" are really pro-life, why they think women's lives are so cheap - even worthless - in comparison to the fetus' life?

Lisa Harney said...

And, why don't they seem to give a crap once the baby is born?

hexyhex said...

Umbert? UMBERT??

Wow, they really go to great lengths to avoid the word "fetus", dont they?

queen emily said...

I am thinking I will write a comic about a tiny clump of cells 3 weeks after fertilisation.

The dialogue will go:

[...]

[...]

[...]

Supercute!

Deoridhe said...

And, why don't they seem to give a crap once the baby is born?

My guess is - no longer attached permanently to a woman, so it's on its own, and if it wants to live it should pull itself up by it's bootstraps! So long as it's attached to a woman, it can be used to keep her from utilizing her own bootstraps.

See also: why so many "pro-life" women get abortions.

thene said...

The Only Moral Abortion Is My Abortion: When The Anti-Choice Choose. Yesyesyesyesyes.

belledame222 said...

One doesn't quite know what to say.

jj said...

It's dumb alright, but I think it has possibilities... maybe if the dialogue was rewritten in the style of Charles Bukowski.

:p

Biggie said...

funniest thing ever. naming my new mouse "umbert"

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