dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Stupor Feminist Logic

As we're just about to see, Elly manages to get John to agree to help with the housework not be appealing to better instincts he doesn't actually have or threatening him or bribing him or anything that would help convince him that a woman isn't a silly little thing with the mind of a child who's made out of hormones. What she does is confirm said repulsive stereotype by weeping piteously about how cruel and mean he is that he wants to work her to death. The sad thing is that we sort of got the idea that it would come to this when, after telling Mike that no way was she going to pick up after him, she did it anyway because she thought she had to.

This whole thing is thus a rather distasteful reminder of the sad fact that Elly's need to sabotage herself seems to know no bounds. After all, it's not just her need to make sure her family do chores her way so that she doesn't have martyr herself correcting their supposed mistakes, it's her need to think that she has to correct mistakes that were not actually made and thus make herself look like a fool that comes into play.

We also have to contend with the fact that Elly doesn't like to stick to any sort of punishment because she doesn't want to be seen as a mean, unfair person. The result is that she ends up looking like a weak, inconsistent and hypocritical person who her children can't trust.
Tags: elly versus herself

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