dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On fictitious obligations and their discontents

The very odd thing about the whole stupid mess with Phil, Georgia and Connie is that for some reason, it's assumed that Phil is obliged to spend time talking to Connie even though no such obligation actually exists. Phil isn't supposed to be allowed to stand around like a galoot making Georgia feel awkward and stupid merely because he had a tepid non-relationship that died of natural causes and Georgia isn't a jealous freak for not wanting to have to put up with that sort of tasteless behaviour. If this sounds at all familiar, let's remind ourselves that Evil Career Woman Thérèse is depicted as being a jealous and irrational monster who hated Liz for no reason because she questioned the necessity of Anothony and Liz talking about old times as if her feelings didn't and weren't supposed to matter. This, as has been said, is an attempt by the author to tell herself that she was one hundred percent blameless in the collapse of her first marriage. It wasn't that she was cheating on Doug with Rod, it was him and his big-chested women laughing at her for wanting to be happy. Since we're dealing with a woman who never can see what she does as being wrong, a grotesque and inconsiderate faux pas became a sacrament.
Tags: lynn versus the real world

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