When was the last time someone used the term "dining at the Y" to you? Never? 1998? In a past life?
If you're confused about the meaning of this term, you should be 18 or older and look at this website*, which is also from 1998 or maybe 1988 or maybe your mom's private photo album sorry.
If you're still confused, make your fingers into a Y shape and think about what a pair of woman's legs looks like when they're spread for someone else's mouth. You're welcome!
On another note, this punchline remains one of the few that I still feel utterly failed in the end, but I think the most important point was made pretty clear in the first few panels! Here's the old strip if you'd like to see it in Old Time Colors.
I know there was a bit of chatter in yesterday's comments about sexuality, virginity, language and definitions. If you feel that the word "virgin" has a clear meaning, I'd highly recommend you read Hanne Blank's Virginity: The Untouched History.
I read this book a few years ago in anticipation of writing a graphic novel about virginity (which I'm planning on finally finishing next year), and I learned a lot that I sort of already knew but had never put into words before, because we all assume we know what someone means when they call themselves a virgin.
In short, virginity has been INCREDIBLY important in cultures throughout the world and throughout human history... but none has successfully defined the term. In her research, Blank found that the word "virginity" could mean anything from "I have never even thought about sex in my head" to "not pregnant."
So while I was mostly joking when I said that hand-holding could be your own version of sex if you wanted it to be... nah, I pretty much wasn't. Virginity doesn't really have a set-in-stone meaning. It just hangs there in the air around the beginning of puberty, taunting and shaming young men, and being weird and vague to young girls. If you ask me, we should just ditch the word and be direct when people ask if you lost your virginity last night.
"We had hella oral."
"It's none of your business what we did but she has a birthmark on her butt."
"We got naked and spat in each other's mouths."
"I'm naming the kid after his dad."
"One and a half words: fingerbanged."
*who is this guy who owns the URL diningatthey.com and only gets to page two before he FORGETS TO LINK THE CONTINUE BUTTON?? I had to re-learn how to view the source code of a website just so I could find the link to the next page, to no avail; there's no <a href>!. What's the trick to finding a website's entire page listing? I WANT MORE 80s/90s SOFTCORE NOW.