For most of the strip I was all “Yawn. The guy thinks a woman can’t know anything about cars and she’s showing him up. That’s original.” And then I get to the last panel and the ‘Miss Universe Canada transgender line.’ and I’m not sure how to react.
See, I don’t think we’re supposed to be laughing at the grease monkey and his assumption that a woman can’t know anything about cars, and thus she must be a man in drag. I don’t think that’s entirely it. Part of me thinks Muir is taking a swipe at transgendered women here, but if so his execution is just clumsy. It’s like he wanted to be topical, but couldn’t figure out a way to work the Miss Universe Canada story into his own story in the comic.
And even if that’s not it, even if it turns out Muir is sympathetic to the problems of transgendered people and the entire joke of the strip is on the grease monkey and his backwards way of thinking, then all we’re left with is the tired “Women can’t do guy things- Whoa! This woman knows guy stuff!” cliche.
It’s just a shitty cartoon either way.
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