This strip has two main influences.

One is a Lenny Bruce skit, which I haven’t heard for so long I can’t remember the precise story, but basically Lenny Bruce had a friend who was very overtly homosexual, and Lenny was talking to the guy’s mom, who talked of her son much the way Donna’s mom talks of her — completely misinterpreting her “kindness” and “generosity” towards those of the same sex.

The other is that in Sex Ed, back in high school, we learned that trying to BE QUIET really was ineffective to drown out lovemaking, while blasting loud music WAS. Which, now that I think of it, is kinda’ a strange thing to learn in Sex Ed, although very useful.