dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On giving up the pretense of the present day.

As we know, the strip's current state serves a fairly useful function in that it allows the people of the present day a sort of look into the mindset of people who spent the eighties and nineties marching in society's rear guard. This current business in which Anne sort of reminds Elly that maternity clothes only come in the same shapeless style and muted colour so as to fulfill a pregnant woman's societal obligation not to call attention to herself and Elly's not wanting to be reassured that when she was carrying April, she wasn't fat, pale or ugly because everyone knew that she was.

The problem, of course, is that it seems as if Lynn is still maintaining the pretense that this is happening in the present day to people who live in the early part of the twenty-first century. While there are people like that around, it's pretty much given that they're even farther back in the rear guard than the John Patterson who, in the year 1980, thought that women's lib was this new and scary thing. The only thing that explains it is the fact that Lynn is even farther behind than he is. It seems to me that the only reason that she hasn't officially said "This is how we lived back then" comes from the same impulse that makes her want to pretend that she lives Elly's life: the impulse to identify with her target demographic who also live in the past and also have the same misogynistic mindset.
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