dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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On Lynn's failed attempts at making a soap opera.

If I had to guess, I would say that instead of "Peanuts" or "Family Circus", Lynn's real favorite strip is Sex Orga......Rex Morgan, MD. The reason is that she kept on trying to turn a subversion of the happy homemaker trope into a D-grade soap opera. While she did go on record as saying that she wanted Susan to be the go-to threat to Elly's marriage, it seems to me that Connie was probably meant to be the villain who laughed at Elly for daring to have happiness because plain girls were meant to sit there and whine about they could never be happy or have families and all that other high school bullshit that Lynn still believes. The reason is that Connie, as howtheduck said, is that Connie is a Frankenstein's monster made of stereotypes. First off, she was 'supposedly' an outspoken feminist written by a woman who feared and hated them because of her fear of never pleasing her mother. Second, she was the divorced single mother of a biracial child when that meant rebelling against polite society and what the Hell ever. Third, she was implied to be really evil and not only have sex but also enjoy it instead of being GOOD and fearing and hating the terrifying and evil feeling of release. Finally, she was way too complimentary of John. Add that up and you get a man-eater and husband-stealer who would never have apologized for enforcing the 'natural' order.

Thank God that Lynn is kind of a chicken because that would have destroyed the dynamic we have now. The people who like the strip want to be angry about a lot of little things about their husbands and children and their life in general because despite having a pretty good life, they're all filled with a free-floating rage directed at all those little things. It would mess things up if she went from validating (or, as she would put it, vindicating) women who feel angry about an ill-defined something that has its source in the question "Is this all there is?" to scaring them shitless with the idea that their lives could turn to shit in a heartbeat. Instead of marvelling at her creativity, her people would be angry at John for doing more than the leering they can tolerate, Connie for stealing a man, Elly for being a doormat and especially Lynn for making it happen.
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