September 6th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

We skip right ahead to after the dinner as Ted reminds John that traditional thinking can work against male interests.

(Strip Number 4062, Original Publication Date, 8 September 1981)

Panel 1: As I said, Lynn skipped right ahead to just after the dinner; as John and Ted's smiling, disembodied heads float in the background, Connie tells Elly that it was a great meal and that she'll help her clean up.

Panel 2: As he and Ted walk into the living room, John says that times haven't changed. It should be noted that John sincerely wants to believe this; the notion that The Way Things Are is NOT the Way They'll Always Be terrifies him because it forces him to think about what he believes and why he believes it.

Panel 3: Be that is it may, it delights him that men go into the living room, where they belong, to talk about work.

Panel 4: Ted reminds him that when women go to the kitchen where they belong, they talk about the men in their lives; his downcast expression is a reminder that he knows that when they do, they forget their stations and say uncomplimentary things.

Summary: Yes, it's a tad unfair to present John and Ted as rock-ribbed, dyed-in-the-wool Neanderthals; we know that Ted is simply an adult child who had to lose his Mommy before he finally grew up and John merely takes too damned long to process what's going on around him. Watching the short-term results of their blustering non-thought, however, fills me with loathing.