Obviously, what Devon is saying is completely horrible, and yet in his mind, it’s all just friendly banter. These kinds of pages never really get easier to write. Rudy seems to be good at playing along with situations like this (I guess you could say he’s a good actor), but is it the right thing to do?
On a lighter note - just ‘cause I’ve been talking fashion lately - I wanted to draw attention to what the boys are wearing. Honestly, there’s little to report on Devon. I just seem him as the type to always be very casual, even on a date. I can imagine Holly giving him an earful about that, but it’s just not his style. Rudy finds himself in a blue button down. This particular design came to me on account of a fanart someone had drawn depicting him in a blue button down. I went with a darker shade, but I have the artist to thank for Rudy’s design in this chapter. ^_^
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ugh. I really hate people that talk and think like that. I've known a few before I finally moved to Portland. =_=
My coworkers don't know I'm bi and would have no reason to suspect since I'm married to a man. But whenever customers come into the store, like a man in women's clothes, or two guys holding hands, or two women holding hands, they always have to say something about it. "Jessica, did you see those two guys holding hands? I think they were gay." "Wow, ok, that woman was obviously a man." Things like that. Sadly I do just as Rudy and don't really say anything, just kind of acknowledge that they said something and move on. But inside I'm thinking, "So, they're a little different from the people we see day after day. That doesn't make them some kind of side show attraction to whisper about to your coworker, who may actually take offense to what you're saying."
The right thing to do? No. But it is understandable
I think I see where Devon's coming from. And some people do tend to feel uncomfortable around people they know have the possibility of finding them attractive. It's why many women are uncomfortable around men, but when they know the men or are sure they won't ever make any passes at them, they realize that, as people, they're pretty nice. It's the same with Devon. He was uncomfortable with the idea that Rudy could possibly find him attractive. (The idea that POSSIBLY, that is.) Now that he doesn't feel he has to worry about it, he happily takes the time to get to know the guy.
It's not that Devon's a bad person. And women do the same thing. I wouldn't blame him for saying it, it doesn't make him a bad person. He's a teenager, anyways. A lot of teenagers say things they later regret or don't understand fully at the time. I've said my share of dumb things, I know that for sure.
@Shiori-Tsumi: And that's also understandable, to an extent (although far less so for men of any persuasion than for women, since men don't suffer from the feelings of entitlement on the part of their potential suitors that women do as a result of rape culture). But even then, particularly given that as a man he doesn't suffer the above mentioned effect of rape culture, he should accept that unless people are actively making advances his insecurities are solely his own problem, he can't pass the blame on to gay guys and expect them to deny themselves basic human rights for the sake of his comfort, and suck it up as his own responsibility
I agree with @Allie.
But I think if Rudy was outspoken about something like this every time such a 'situation' arose... then he'd have a lot fewer friends.
At the same time, being diplomatic about it means that he shoulders all of the burden of the words himself, and I can only say that he's much stronger for doing that than a number of people I know who yell and scream at people who offend them for whatever reason.
@AmyC89: moralising about 'strength of character' and 'taking offense' aside, oppressive behaviour normalises oppression, so its not just the people immediately present who are effected in the aggregate. That's not to say anyone has a duty to challenge behaviour which contributes to their oppression (challenging behaviour which oppresses others and *not* you on the other hand, is absolutely a duty), but criticising people for doing so? Really?