dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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Elly versus her childhood.

The problem with taking Elly's part, as I did yesterday, is that she really doesn't seem to know How Things Work. As an example, she seems to have not noticed how buttoned-down society was in the nineteen fifties and why; not only did the victors of the Second World War want Rosie the Riveter to change back into Suzie Homemaker after the emergency situation that got her out of the kitchen was over, there were two horrors that frightened them into wanting to turn back the clock. Those demons were named International Communism, which made the average Joe fear any sort of social change, and the Hydrogen Bomb whose presence meant probable doom to all; since Jim and Marian lived as I and my parents did in the shadow of Oppenheimer's deadly toy, they wanted a safe, tidy world wherein traditional values held a certain amount of weight. This meant, of course, that little girls had to be protected from tomboyish behavior for what society at large agreed was their own good. If that meant that Elly got a bicycle later than Phil, it was sort of unfair but those were the rules. Also, the antics of little boys were shrugged off as harmless enough monkeyshines as their parents quoted the law "Boys will be boys" and "Proper young ladies should mind their manners"; the Richardses didn't set out to be jerks but it just sort of happened that way. The worst of it is that their attitudes changed too late to do any good; they knew that they'd frakked up royally and made Elly of the non-stop victimism feel unloved but couldn't do sweet Richard all about it. Since they couldn't undo her upbringing, all that was left was trying to make her adult years better.

Tags: chinnuts, elly: lynn's fantasy self, grate grandmother marian
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