Cartoon by Barry
(This panel, and all the panels that follow except the final panel, are colored in cheerful blues and blue-greens. This panel shows only the title of the strip, in large letters, overlapping a drawing of a judge’s gave.)
(A courtroom scene, showing a JUDGE, a DA, and a PRISONER.)
JUDGE: What are the charges against this prisoner?
DA: The prisoner is accused of being a woman in public!
(A closer shot of the prisoner and the judge; the judge is angrily admonishing the prisoner/)
PRISONER: Can I say…
JUDGE: No you can’t! You have to be silent!
(A large panel showing the DA as he sternly talks.)
DA: The charge isn’t just being a woman… She didn’t smile. Not even when I told her two! She wouldn’t share her phone number…. She wore clothing I found provocative. She used sarcasm!
(The prisoner angrily speaks up, but the judge and DA yell and interrupt her.)
PRISONER: This is ridic–
JUDGE AND DA: QUIET!
(The DA continues talking, looking serious and reasonable.)
DA: Most damning of all, the prisoner is accused of being unavailable for our immediate sexual use!
(The DA, warming to his theme, spreads his arms wide in the air as he talks.)
DA: By existing in public yet not sleeping with us, this woman flagrantly attacks our masculinity.
(Overcome with emotion, the DA lifts his clenched fists to his face and weeps cartoony tears that fly away from his face.)
DA: She even does this right in front of our male peers! Oh the humiliation!
(The judge leans forward and points at the prisoner as he speaks. The DA looks smug.)
JUDGE: I’ve heard enough! The prisoner is guilty!
PRISONER: What about my defense?
(A close-up of the judge as he raises his gavel and looks angry.)
JUDGE: I don’t want to hear it! I will now pronounce your sentence….
(The scene has completely switched to a slightly grubby street, colored in shades of dim brown. There is an alleyway in the background, with trash and litter. There is a bench, with two guys in very casual dress on it, both yelling after a woman who is walking by them quickly, her eyes firmly fixed on the ground in front of her. The two guys are the same guys who have been the Judge and DA in the earlier panels, and the woman was earlier seen as the Prisoner.)
DA: Hey! What’s your name?
JUDGE: Give us a smile.
DA: You got a number?
JUDGE: Don’t ignore me!
DA: We didn’t want you anyway!
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