dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The greatest dream: turn back the clock.

The author has made no real secret of her ideal life. This, of course, is Man 'rescuing' Woman from the twin horrors of post-secondary education and the labor force. Having guided her to safety from unnecessary and defeminizing involvement in the male sphere, our protagonists morph into Daddy the breadwinner and Mommy the nurturer, minding her place and raising the kids with a minimum of fuss. Granted, Mom can have a part-time job from time to time in emergencies, but only as a last resort. If Mommy should somehow have spare time, she should rather take up a hobby like knitting, which will see her in good stead (and keep her home) when Junior and Sis are of marriageable age. Old fashioned, you say. Well, most of Lynn Johnston's ideals stem from an era when pregnancy was the near-inevitable consequence of sex. She pines for the days when Elly could talk like Mary Worth and at least look like she had some sense. Of course the ignorant blowhard Mary didn't realize that when they were calling her a sharp cookie, they were actually praising her readiness to bow to the inevitable. Growing up, Lynnie never quite saw the rueful half-smiles that suggested some people wished that the inevitable wasn't. Then, the birth-control pill came into common use and everything changed. Like a lot of people, Lynn was horrified. After all, in a stroke the jabbering loudmouth's claim to moral authority and wisdom vanished. Things got even worse. Not only couldn't she undo the damage to the moral fabric of the nation, the nation actually saw it as a blessing. Deep down inside her mind, fueling the constant hunger for vindication, is the desire to be coddled and told she's good. She reacts negatively to any sort of disruption or change, as if it were specifically designed to humiliate her. She responds to the frustration of her desires by railing about the unfairness of it all and, better yet, trying to wish it away. Luckily for her, she has a means by which she can rearrange the past to a more pleasing outcome.
Tags: lynn versus the real world

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