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Of course, it's not just the Pattersons and those luckless enough to marry them that lose out because of glaring character defects. As I type this, I do so in the knowledge that Elly is still convinced that Connie Poirier is some sort of inspirational figure who can stand as an example of courage and triumph over adversity. This is because Elly is rock-stupid and tends to take exaggerated claims at face value.

I find myself being what Lynn would probably refer to as a hating snarker-troll fungus person because unlike Elly, I remember that Connie is defined by the following attributes:
  1. Teeth-grinding stupidity: Despite Elly's belief that Connie is one of the smarter people in her social circle, I can count the clear-headed and rational decisions she's made on the thumbs of one hand. Case in point: her fear of Dirk because he was homely and she'd be blamed for the ugly babies Molly would have.
  2. Stomach-churning vanity: Every damned thing in sight has to be all about her and her needs and any claim to the needs of others is clearly an attempt to beat her to her knees and leave her with nothing.
  3. A horrifying lack of self-awareness: She'll be the first to tell you that she's not some pathetic zombie flinging herself at men because she's a needy freak; it's just that if she doesn't have a man, ANY man, she might as well be dead.
  4. A need to evade personal responsibility: This horror she has of admitting that she makes one stupid and impossible life choice after another forces her to plead the question via an army of straw men.
  5. A concomitant need to hog the credit due to others: This explains her belief that someone else's grandchild is somehow her heir because she pretended that she was a great influence on someone she stupidly alienated.


The horrifying mess that Connie is would naturally appeal to Elly because she too wants to do stupid crap like equating a child wanting to eat a hot dog with actual flavour in with said child wanting to stab her poor mother in the heart and reject her love and so on and so forth owing to a similar discreditable vanity and stupidity. Simply put, they're idiots together banded together to marvel at the stupidity of an even worse and intentionally unsympathetic nitwit housewife.

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howtheduck
Jun. 24th, 2017 12:23 am (UTC)
In the beginning Connie was intended to represent the liberated woman with an eye towards mocking them. Connie the feminist was paying the price for her feminism because;

a. She married a black man who divorced her.
b. She was raising her mixed race son on her own.
c. She was so desperate for a man she was sleeping with almost every man she met, and she was especially willing if the man had money (see doctor Ted or banker Greg).

While Annie was intended to shame Elly with her good parenting, Connie was supposed to show the other side and just how far Elly could fall if she decided to full-up rebel against the societal standards. As a result of this, we see strip after strip where Connie shows the most appalling parenting behavior to be used as an indication of what you should not do.
dreadedcandiru2
Jun. 24th, 2017 07:28 am (UTC)
Someone should have mentioned this to the over-earnest people asking Lynn what it was like challenging the patriarchy. Realizing that she was hired on because she was a throw-back to fifties desiderata would rock their world.
howtheduck
Jun. 24th, 2017 08:34 pm (UTC)
True enough. Lynn was to be the married female cartoonist while Cathy Guisewite was the single female cartoonist. They were fortunate enough to be around at the time when the comics page had nothing like it. In today's world, For Better or For Worse would have to compete with many comic strips like that.
dreadedcandiru2
Jun. 25th, 2017 08:32 am (UTC)
And come out the loser because of the anger and disjointedness.
howtheduck
Jun. 25th, 2017 10:02 pm (UTC)
I am not so sure. My running theory is that Elly's anger is part of the appeal for a good number of Lynn's audience. Elly Patterson is much angrier that Lois of "Hi and Lois" or Dennis the Menace's mother Alice, who are all models of patience. I have often thought that Elly's anger tapped into some kind of latent anger that many women have with their kids or their husbands, and they would check out the strip on a daily basis to see a woman in the comic strips just as mad as they are.
dreadedcandiru2
Jun. 25th, 2017 11:09 pm (UTC)
Trying to explain this to the timid children at TvTropes is the same frustrating exercise in futility that telling Elly what a load-bearing wall is. They don't want to know that most of why Elly is so popular is that she's the personification of maternal anger.
howtheduck
Jun. 26th, 2017 01:18 am (UTC)
I have run across this on gocomics as well. There are folks who read For Better or For Worse who take any suggestion that Elly is less than perfection as a personal assault. It is amazing how defensive they get. I can't think of any other comic strip where a lead character is held in such high regard by a good number of the fans. It is even more amazing when time and time again, Elly of the comic strip, the real Elly, smacks them down with her own bad behaviour.
dreadedcandiru2
Jun. 26th, 2017 07:26 am (UTC)
Some people are simply angry, that's all. If you question Elly's constant anger at what are quite honestly an array of inoffensive drones whose only real sin is being in her way, you're actually questioning the guilt of the targets of THEIR spleen as well as their good will. They don't want to think of themselves as aggressive maniacs bombing the shit out of innocents because all they are is anger. It takes the fun out of brainless rage if they have to think about why they're fulminating whackjobs.
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