Another thing I like about 'Sally Forth' is that Ces even manages to humanize the antagonist, Ralph Preston. What he'd be in an ordinary strip is just an ogre like Pointy-Haired Boss; here, he's revealed for what he really is: a man who applies older, superseded values because he's too oblivious to mark the changing times. In his mind, things haven't changed any more than they have for John Patterson; he sees the glass ceiling not only as the way of the world but as a means of protecting women from the cruelties of the board room. He also doesn't believe in mincing words when it comes to spurring people on to perform; he, unlike Sally, knows that sometimes cruelty is a form of kindness. This, of course, brings me to my point; she, despite not wanting to be as big a jerk as he is, has no choice but to threaten and harass her subordinates. Since she, of course, doesn't want to admit to that, she makes ironic remarks about the intellect and good will of husbands who say so.