Socialist Grocery

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In a large 7-panel comic from the series Socialist Grocery by Oli Knowles, Sebastian has an exasperating conversation about pronouns with a stranger.

Dialog and Transcription

In a large 7-panel comic from the series Socialist Grocery by Oli Knowles, Sebastian has an exasperating conversation with a stranger.

In the top left panel, a stranger with facial hair, a button-down shirt, and a drink sees Sebastian at a bar and says, “Hey there! Do you live in Philly?” Sebastian, who is wearing a black button-down shirt and wearing a mask, rolls their eyes.

In the top right panel, the person continues, “I went to a wedding last weekend. I forgot what those were like.” Sebastian unenthusiastically replies, “Um, yeah?”

In the middle left panel, the stranger raises an eyebrow and asks, “Do you live with your husband? Oh wait I can’t say that anymore.” Still standing by the bar wearing a mask, Sebastian wearily repeats, “You… Can’t say the word husband anymore?”

In the middle center panel, the stranger turns to Sebastian and goes on, “No, no. I’m not supposed to just assume.” Sebastian agrees, “That’s true. Don’t assume people have husbands.”

In the middle center panel, the person raises up his hands and declares, “You could have… a wife! You could have any pronoun!”

In the bottom left panel, Sebastian waves their arms and agrees, “That’s so true. I could have any pronoun!” The person looks at Sebastian blankly.

In the bottom right panel, the two of them have walked up to the bar they’ve been standing in front of. The misguided stranger asks, “Do you want to do a shot, mask girl?” So close, but so far from understanding the point! Worn out, Sebastian pulls down their mask and says “Honestly dude, yeah. I do. Whatever.”

Tags

awkward bar encounters, fruitflyfishing, Oli Knowles, respecting pronouns, Socialist Grocery

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