Platypodes wrote: msimswil wrote:
TheTedinator wrote:he's wearing the wrist strap thing so she won't get pregnant right?
How can you tell she's a she?
Well, it's well-known that there are non-barrier methods for preventing pregnancy. However, there are no non-barrier methods of preventing STD transmission, and the reasons for this are pretty obvious. So it's slightly less of a leap to imagine that a wrist strap would work as a contraceptive than to imagine that it would protect you from STD's.
Granted, Wrist Strap Guy might be capable of imagining *anything,* but I'm guessing he's wearing the wrist strap for contraception, meaning he has a female partner.
Indeed. In female/female there would be no condom in any case, and in male/male there would be no worry about getting pregnant; it seems rather likely that the intent is to prevent pregnancy, not STDs. Also, it's rather apparent only one of the people involved needs to wear a condom, since it's only 1 person being asked if they put one on- it's not a string of "check, check, check"...
So I suppose it could be 1 male (with the wrist strap instead of a condom) and more than one female... but then you'd still have "she's a she" and he's wearing the wrist strap so she, or none of the shes, will get pregnant. But that sounds quite unlikely. Also, the speech bubbles definitely look like 2 people.
SirMustapha wrote:the guy with the wrist-strap is on the bottom, and the girl (supposedly) is on top...
Or it's possible that the speech bubbles are going away from their mouths in the direction they're facing, so the guy is on top, and his speech bubbles have arrow-things pointing up towards his mouth, and the girl is on bottom, and her speech bubbles have arrows pointing down towards her mouth. But the girl is on top could also work once you've figured it out.
Halrandir wrote:I just kinda assumed that this was a male/female pairing because as mentioned before a female/female pairing wouldn't require a condom, and Randall has yet to draw any comic with a male/male pairing.
Indeed, most or nearly all XKCD comics have been 1 male and one female, apart from that being the general assumption (there's nothing in the joke that would make Randall think of anything else) and simply making the most sense in terms of what's going on.
Mxermadman wrote:You guys must have very active imaginations to assume that the comic depicts male/male, female/female or greater than two partners.
Yeah. I perfectly understand the idea that this would be possible (I.E. "it's not necessarily a girl"), but it's overwhelmingly likely that it's not so, and also for the sake of discussing what's going on it's best to assume the standard.
Faranya wrote:And frankly, until I observe it, I'd venture to say that they all must be happening simultaneously.
It's possible that it's simply not any of them (there really is no specific definition), but I'd say that Randall probably wrote this with standard guy-girl in mind.