The mysteries of desire

From Xopher Walker recently, this cartoon (of 1/11/90) from Matt Groening’s Life in Hell strip:


Akbar and Jeff’s sexuality was the subject of a number of strips, including five posted here on 2/5/13 (“Jeff and Akbar explore their sexuality”), but this one wasn’t in that set. A notable feature of their interaction here is the role of the fez in indicating arousal: the tassel becomes erect.

On the fez, from Wikipedia:

The fez (Turkish …), as well as its equivalent, the tarboosh (Arabic …), is a felt hat of two types: either in the shape of a truncated cone made of red felt, or a short cylinder made of kilim fabric, both usually with a tassel attached to the top. The tarboosh is of ancient Greek origin and the modern fez, which is similar, owes much of its development and popularity to the Ottoman era [in which it became a symbol of egalitarianism and modernity, significantly supplanting the many types of turban].

Here’s a silly fez of the first type (appropriate for Life in Hell), from Izzys Party Store:


As for Akbar and Jeff, it’s all about the fezzes. Desire is indeed mysterious.

2 Responses to “The mysteries of desire”

  1. chrishansenhome Says:

    I presume you are aware of Fez-o-Rama. Here is one of my favourites.

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