dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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My Father, My Sitter.......

hoppytoad79 reminded me of an awful trend in the strip yesterday evening: the inane and revolting habit that the fathers in the Foobiverse have of referring to being a father and being an active part of their children's lives as babysitting. The natural order of things according to the sort of pinhead paterfamilias that cowers behind his paper is that the little woman tends to the weird, scurrying half-people while he sits like a lump. The only real interaction he allows himself is punishing them for disobeying arbitrary and obsolete rules. The presence of house-husband Anthony confirms Lynn's old-fashioned view of gender roles by the way the characters react. When I saw them go out of their way to condemn Therese for violating the laws of FOOB and man by making Anthony do actual parenting, I knew that Lynn had learned nothing from experience. I also knew that when he and Liz got hitched, she'd be doing all the shrieking at the offsprings while he hid behind something.

Tags: child rearing disasters, one big oblivious family
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