As a professional cartoonist and hobby guitarist, I think I may be a bit of a softie when it comes to my hands. At least that’s my go to excuse when I fail at twisting, turning or grabbing something. I’m only half joking though, because my livelihood really depends on me being able to draw. And I can see how especially professional musicians must really be careful with their hands. Sometimes, e.g. after hauling a truckload of 40 kg heavy granite sheets around my garden when we were remodeling our patio, I really barely can play guitar anymore on the next day. Holding a pencil is easier in that regard.

Anyway, what this comic made me think about and what I really wanted to get at is the fact that women seem to have a much higher pain tolerance when it comes to grabbing hot stuff. When I cook, for instance, I use oven mitts or oven cloths all the time, while my wife would grab pots, pans and lids with her bare hands all the time. I’ve witnessed this with other women too. The only thing I don’t know is if I am a wimp (hence my excuse of being an artist) or if other men have the same experience as me.