June 10th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 11 June 2010

In today's effort, John gets a lecture about how he and Ted missed the point of Elly's earlier lecture and reacts in a manner that suggests that the point is still lost on him.

(Strip Number 5999, Original Publication Date, 12 June 1981)

Bingo score: 2 palms-out gestures, 2 bug-eyed glares and stemless eyewear.

Panel 1: It would seem that John is in the habit of telling Elly what he and Ted talk about; that's the only way that her telling him that the two of them are way off base when they think that women are quibbling about bus seats makes any sense.

Panel 2: It's a good thing that John has been established as a straw chauvinist; that way, he can be told that women are fighting for equal opportunity, equal pay and freedom from sexual harassment and look like he just found out what the goals of the movement are.

Panel 3: It's also good that John has been set up as being slow-witted, literal-minded, well-intentioned, ignorant high-status idiot; that way, he can set up the punchline by asking Elly why she's worked up by all those issues given that she's a housewife and not sound unnatural doing so. What's interesting about his being made to look a fool is that he's right to ask her why she concerns herself with things that don't affect her while ignoring things that do.

Panel 4: Her declaration that she's in the cheering section confuses John and amuses me.

Summary: That's because I remember that she's got it in her head that there are certain jobs that women just should not do; jobs like pharamacist, for instance. It makes little sense to say you're cheering on the cause of equality when you insist on a rigid gender bar.