From the Stacks: Ms. Mary Self-Worth

Ms. Mary Self-Worth, originally printed in the November 1976 issue of Ms., references the Mary Worth comics of the ’40s and ’50s and claims to answer the question, “Can the women’s movement laugh at itself?”

It seems pretty groundbreaking for the times to be discussing rape and abortion in comic form, but it also seems a little dark—maybe we Ms. interns are too young to get the joke? Please, veteran feminists, tell us why this was funny!

Trigger Warning: Rape depiction

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Alexandra was a 2010 editorial intern at Ms. who helped launch the Ms. Blog. She is from Climax, Minnesota and has written for the Grand Forks Herald, the University Chronicle, the St. Cloud Times and Ms. She is now copy-editing for Live Nation/Ticketmaster, and is looking for employment in nonprofits, journalism/PR and/or women's rights. Check out her resume at!