August 1st, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Today's strip is the one where Arnold the Unfrozen Caveman Farmhand tells Elly that running a combine is no job for a mere woman. In real life, Freddy or Don Cruikshank's employee or whoever probably called Lynn out on being a reckless imbecile who watched too many episodes of Green Acres; in the strip, he's a grunting ape that wants to chain women to a stove.

(Strip Number 4355, Original Publication Date, 4 August 1983)

Panel 1: As Elly drives the combine, she thought-bubbles about how easy it is to do so as well as how it has air conditioning and a stereo.

Panel 2: She then thought-bubbles "What a life! Driving around in circles all day!"

Panel 3: She smiles because there are no kids and hassles (read kids) involved. You don't even have to think. As she does so, the man who actually gets paid to drive the thing is standing there next to a pick-up.

Panel 4: Since Arnold is a farmer (and thus uneducated and misogynistic despite being magic), he speaks pure hickspeak when he tells the little lady she kin git out of there 'cause runnin' a combine is men's work.

Summary: Donny's employee (who probably resented having to babysit a daydreaming idiot woman who play-acted at doing his job) and his brother in law (who probably resented her leaving her child to fend for himself) seem to have made a strong negative impression on Lynn.  The two men left such a bad taste in her mouth that nine years later, Arnold was still a source of derogatory comments about the Pattersons. That being said, the "Apaches" vibe I've been getting so far has, as fairest1 said, turned it from Arnold being a sexist into Arnold saying "You call THAT driving recklessly? Watch an expert!!" 

"Doonesbury" as Counter-Example

It's been a while since I've been a regular reader of "Doonesbury," so recent developments (Alex Doonesbury marrying Toggle and becoming the focus of the strip) had escaped me. I am linking to an article about these developments. The article, in turn, includes links to the "wedding" strips from this past June. I find them to be a great counter-example to what Lynn did to Liz through the Settlepocalypse.