dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Phil versus picking up after himself.

You will, no doubt, have noticed that the male characters in the strip have something of an allergy to having to clean up after themselves. We have John and his "Chee!!! I got married so I wouldn't have to do so", Mike and his "I was proud of the dirt" and most of all, Phil acting as if being asked to grow up and start doing things for himself on the domestic front was the moral equivalent of being circumised with a motorized tree feller.

Lynn would have you believe that this is both innate and eternal. This is, of course, bullshit. A man can be trained to both shift for himself and want to do so. The military does it all the damned time so her idea that men aren't built to think domestically is so much junk. Mind you, the armed forces in the world have a bit of deprogramming to do on that score because of the real reason that men like John and Phil cannot think domestically: they have mothers who sabotage the women their sons marry by going "Let me do that, dear." Marian and Carrie call their need to hover over their cossetted little princelings "mother love". I call it "smashing an oar into Elly and Georgia's bellies."
Tags: child rearing disasters, john: little tin god or petty tyrant?, phil: bee and bop king

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