If you have never read Penny-Arcade, what the fuck have you been doing with the Internet? No, but seriously you should definitely check out their stuff because it is awesome in all its forms. I have previously written about my love of their creations in the past, and I will continue to do so until I no longer have the ability to speak its virtues.
Now, normally I would ponder on and discuss a piece of media mining it for possible deeper messages, meanings, and lessons. However, there are not really any deeper possibilities for the specific comics I want to discuss/will link to. They talk about one of the most common human experiences: sex, and all the various beliefs, ideologies, and perspectives that come along with it. Obviously, since this is a humorous comic, the strips tend to fall on the funny side, but they still demonstrate a complex grasp of human sexuality from various avenues.
Hear we see the dreaded “talk” between parent and child. One aspect of sex that we have mixed feelings about from both child and parent perspectives. This is what Penny Arcade does well: take real world situations and break them into manageable and entertaining bits we can relate to. There are more comics in this “talk” arc that are informative, funny, and worth checking out, but I think the most educational one is by Erika Moen:
Yeah, definitely informative. Anyhow, there are more to read and laugh at and learn from at Penny-Arcade. In fact, here are the links to the rest of the “talk” series:
The Talk by Abby Howard (a pretty amusing one as well)
The Talk by Erica Moen (as seen above)
The Talk by Amy T. Falcone (another hard truth one)
Hopefully, there will be more, but these are pretty damn good to begin with. I find it amazing and hilarious how something so essential to our existence and being can be seen in so many different by people to cause worry, concern, joy, excitement, dread, and virtually every other human emotion. So read the comics and see where you land on the spectrum of sex. It’s not the worst way to kill a few minutes online.
Thus endeth today’s lesson.