Calvin and Hobbes was initially viewed as too literate for kids and too fantastical for adults, but instead the strip’s subtle riffs on loneliness, friendship, and adolescence bridged the gap between the two. It’s unclear if Dear Mr. Watterson will delve into Watterson’s complex artistic ambitions or stick with praise for his obvious achievements. Either way, it’s probably a must-see for diehards. It’s scheduled to arrive in theaters Nov. 15.
My senior thesis paper examines societal attitudes towards sexuality, encompassing virginity loss and active/passive gender roles, and it is generated from my perspective as a woman formerly living with a sexual pain disorder. I attempt to pinpoint specific beliefs and messages that may actively alienate people whose sexual experiences or identities may not fit a typically heteronormative model, including women with sexual pain disorders who may not be able to have intercourse. Using sociologist Laura Carpenter’s defined categories for attitudes towards one’s virginity — the gift, the stigma, and the step in the process - I examine societal institutions and media to determine where these attitudes may come from, how they are reinforced, and in some cases how they are harmful. I come to the conclusion that the concept of virginity needs to be redefined so as not to be limited to simply intercourse — as this erases the first sexual experience of those who are uninterested or incapable of intercourse. Viewing one’s sexuality as a continual learning process inspires greater mental and physical health.