dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Monday. 19 May 2014

We begin the latest "Elly and the phantom ten pounds" arc with John making an assholish quip about her physique.

(Strip Number 4497, Original Publication Date, 20 May 1985)

Panel 1: We start things off with Elly poking her head from out of the door frame and asking John to help her into the bathing suit she's holding.

Panel 2: The two of them reenact the corset-lacing scene from "Gone With The Wind" in that someone is forcing someone else into something too damned tight for the sake of a bizarre and damaging ideal of attractiveness that straight-up implies a need to subjugate women and results in perfectly healthy women looking in the mirror and seeing a horrible wreck no one, not even themselves, could love.

Panel 3: Elly thanks John for helping her into squeezing into her suit but he wants to downplay the matter.

Panel 4: He then makes her feel like crap by making a demeaning comment about how it reminded him of putting sheets on a water bed.

Summary: The irritating thing about this is not that once again, John thinks that Elly is too old to be sensitive. The irritating thing is that Lynn launches into a screed about how evil these new-fangled water beds are instead of addressing how she takes a horrifyingly perverse pride in the fact that no one could talk her out of feeling fat, pale, fat, ugly, fat, old and fat when in the depressive phase of her dysmorphia.

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