dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,
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Monday, 19 March 2012

In today's strip, we begin a look at a dentist's crazy wife, her severe self-loathing and body dysmorphia and her belief in conspiracy theories. That's because Elly totally flips out because she sees the new style of swimsuit.

(Strip Number 4315, Original Publication Date, 21 March 1983)

Panel 1: We find Elly and Anne looking at the latest style of bathing suits in a store window. As their small ones look up at them, Panicky Idiot Elly tells Anne to look at the kind of bathing suits that the eeeeeeeeeeevil men who haaaaaaaaaaate women and waaaaaaaant them to suffer are foisting off on the heeeeeeeeeeeelpless women of the world this year.

Panel 2: Elly simpers that before this, all shethey needed to do to look good in a swimsuit is lose some weight.

Panel 3: This year, she'llthey'll all need plastic surgery.

Summary: I'm probably talking out of my ear here but I think that the real problem is that Elly doesn't want to admit that instead of there being a conspiracy to keep women like her off the beach and in the kitchen like she thinks there is, there might be a conspiracy to either point women here away from swimsuits meant for younger women and towards flattering bathing suits meant for the mature or force them into adopting fad diets in order to conform to some artificial, irrational and unobtainable standard of 'beauty' that serves only to reinforce feelings of self-hatred. Since I'm a man and thus probably neither smart not correct, I think that the real problem is that Elly fears having to wear old lady bathing suits because it's an admission of failure. (Cue image of Elly hanging her head in shame because she's fat, ugly, old and thus only fit to fill a coffin.) That being said, I do know that she gets a lot of letters from women who share her hatred of suits that don't suit them. 
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