dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The fear of even proportions.

Lynn's need to convince herself that whatever she experiences is not only normal but divinely mandated doesn't simply extend to the notion that children must bicker, women must be sullenly subservient to callous knobs, that anything that isn't so chillingly conformist so as to make Don Draper look like a beatnik must be avoided or even that teachers live to humiliate children by forcing them to lie and say that there actually are things that they do need to learn; it also means that any relationship that has a man and woman who are more or less the same size or where the woman has a bustline or hips is unnatural and shameful.

This, I fear, is the real reason that Elly felt threatened by a slip of a girl in roller-skating gear; when she and Lynn say that a girl has the body and the language she lacks, what she means is that she's trying very hard to convince herself that she does not actually envy women who don't make Olive Oyl look like one of the Pussycat Dolls. Rather than admit that being dwarfed makes her feel puny or wishing that she felt good enough about herself to indulge, the spoiled brat sticks her tongue out at people who are having a better time than she is because she's too nasty to do anything else.

This, of course, is yet another symptom of the narcissism that defines and limits her; the admission that she has the flaw of jealousy is as threatening to her self-concept as the idea that children actually can co-exist without engaging in the hateful bickering we see in the strip. Someone like her cannot cope with the notion that she's not simultaneously a special snowflake and the template upon which society is based; being cast as the run-of-the-mill jerk she actually is scares her so much, she risks having a facial expression that mirrors her mental state.
Tags: lynn versus the real world

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