Anthesteria 146

posted June 28th, 2019, 10:29 am


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June 28th, 2019, 10:29 am

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While Demeter doesn’t like the concept of marriage and would prefer if Persephone remained unmarried, she does expect her daughter to one day have children.

I can tell you already now that July is going to be a less productive month for me, since I have plans to go away and visit friends. But I still hope to be able to draw a couple of comic pages as well.

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August 19th, 2019, 8:58 am

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June 28th, 2019, 12:12 pm

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Wanting Persephone to be unmarried, but also wanting her to have kids... seems a bit contradictory to me?
On the one hand, I don't believe for a second Demeter would force Persephone to raise the child alone, nor would she see it as that. OF COURSE she's going to help her daughter, and Hecate likely will too. But still, in order to actually HAVE a child, you need to have some sort of relationship that leads to sex beforehand. Even if that's just, one-night stand. I wonder how okay with that Demeter would be okay? She's possessive of and protective of her daughter for sure, not wanting to 'hand her off' to another man. But is she also as protective of her daughter's supposed virtue/virginity?

Other thing I'm thinking about... she's just wrapped up in the idea that her daughter wants children, but is possibly afraid of the responsibility? The responsibility terrifies me, I will admit. I don't believe for a second I could raise a kid alone, I wouldn't trust me to raise a kid 24/7. But I also don't particularly want a kid. I'm lucky in that my parents seem okay with that. But I think Demeter thought Persephone was trying to DELAY childbirth while settling a conflict or inner turmoil... If there is a conflict, it's only EXTERNAL in truth- the one between Persephone and Demeter.

'You're too young to know what you want'. Uuuuuuuurgh that line bugs me so much. You're not listening to her or treating her as an adult, so I think you've lost any chance to accurately ascertain what she wants.
Best case scenario, this discussion will clear the air. Worst case, Demeter flips the fuck out and the only way Persephone can get what she REALLY wants is running away(to Hades.) Which will be an interesting twist on the old myth.
I do really adore what you'd done with Persephone and Hades' relationship by the way :D

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June 28th, 2019, 2:08 pm

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@LKWayvern: Oh, you see... Demeter is against marriage, but she's not against sex (would be quite hypocritical of her otherwise since Hekate is her lover). In other words, she would be okay with Persephone having a lover, as long as it was a decent man and someone she thought suitable for Persephone. So Demeter is not guarding her daughter's virginity, but she is guarding her from getting hurt. And this is where she goes a bit too far.

You are right. In Demeter's world practically all women want children, so she assumes that Persephone is just afraid of the responsibility. I'm like you; the responsibility terrifies me, but I also don't particularly want a kid. So when I was 29 I sterilized myself. I think my mother would have had problems with that if I had been her only child, but luckily I have lots of siblings and some of them have given her grandchildren.

Thank you! <3

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June 29th, 2019, 7:00 am

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@agnosis: I'm glad Persephone has some support. Standing up against a uber-mother like Demeter is hard, esp. if you’re in an emotional turmoil yourself.

I got kids and love them, but I still think it was one of the bigger mistakes in my life. (“Why should only the assholes raise children” is not a good reason.)

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July 2nd, 2019, 8:11 pm

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@someone_else: I must say that is quite a unique reason to have children. ^^

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July 7th, 2019, 10:23 am

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@agnosis: Of course it’s not the only one. ;) But if you start rationalizing, you probably don’t have good reasons to get children.

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June 28th, 2019, 12:53 pm

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Yikes, this thunderstorm has been brewing for quite a while...! Poor Hecate, trying to mellow the mood and they don't even notice her.

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June 28th, 2019, 6:15 pm

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@JennyB: It has indeed. I don't think there was anything Hekate could have done to stop it.

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June 28th, 2019, 1:42 pm

Verdigris (Guest)

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Oh shit, Demeter! Don't ever call a grown woman sweetie.

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June 28th, 2019, 6:25 pm

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@Verdigris: She's trying to calm Persephone down, but it ends up so wrong.

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June 30th, 2019, 2:34 pm

Llinwey (Guest)

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I can't wait to see how you continue from here, there are so many possibilities for the story. ^^

I wish that Demeter one day understands not everyone is like her. In this regard I partially understand Persephone, as I come from a big family, and it is also expected that everyone one day wants children. Even though I actually do, I don't think this should be expected of anybody. It is a huge responsibility and not some light decision in any kind of way. Everyone has the right to decide about their own life, their own bodies, and family or friends should never expect you to do something just because they did. And I absolutely love how you express this social dilemma in your story, these things should be discussed more, and people should really start to accept that everyone is different, and that only makes people more beautiful and interesting. Or as I heard it somewhere "The world is colorful from not being black and white and grey" :)

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July 2nd, 2019, 8:13 pm

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@Llinwey: I agree with you 100%. :)

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June 30th, 2019, 10:28 pm

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Great comic again. And Hekate is right.

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July 2nd, 2019, 8:14 pm

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@Rauldouken: Thank you! Hekate is usually right.

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