It would have been considered extremely gauche (and Frat boy-like) to have such a reaction. Co-op housing in the ’70’s tended to involve more counterculture types. At any rate nudity wasn’t the novelty it is shown to be in the Luannverse.
Yeah, I’m not looking forward to this arc, whichever way it goes.
When I was in college it was common in the housing coops to see people of both sexes casually enter and exit the showers naked while others were using the sinks and mirrors in the bathroom. It was no big deal.
Bill Clinton originally promised gays he would allow them to openly serve in the military. He caved under pressure from the Republicans and created the disastrous “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy which had the effect of actually throwing out more gay soldiers from the military than had been done before. During the Bush era following, I remember highly qualified speakers of Urdu (or possibly Pashto) were tossed out of the military for being gay.
I don’t know about that. If I remember it wasn’t long after this period that many states were falling over themselves to take away or prohibit civil rights laws for gay people. Outing yourself could often get you fired and/or evicted, depending upon where you lived.
I’ll add the obvious point. Unlike Luann, Brad is a fire fighter. He is a professional who knows how to safely climb up buildings. People in my neighborhood have died falling off of roofs or broken ladders. Maybe he doesn’t want his aging father to take unnecessary risks when he is around to do it for him.
And putting up the tree, notice. The reality is when they were children this is most likely the jobs they were doing (particularly since Brad was the oldest child) especially when it comes to going on a roof to put up lights. I actually find it funny that this is about the only time I’ve seen in the comments someone other than myself bringing up a feminist issue in a strip (rather than, say, when men kept complaining that the young women weren’t wearing scanty enough clothing). It’s pretty clear to me that this is a simple Sunday strip that allows for some father/son bonding that we don’t get to see much of the time because Brad is grown and married and not living in the family house anymore.
Very likely. I think for both kids this is parental bonding time.
Are we sure James isn’t just Neighbor Bob wearing glasses and using a false name?
Well she’s probably 13 in this era so it probably wouldn’t be useful…