dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The coyness-prurience complex

One of the most irritating things about the Early Years of the strip was having to remember that Elly had an unholy fixation with Connie's life of not especially quiet desperation. We saw a lonely, clingy needy woman having a miserable time because there was no Special One for her and sort of blaming her son for the Longed-For One's absence. Elly clearly seems to have looked at Connie's wind-blown and unhappy existence and saw a wonderland of illicit activities and sexual possibilities closed off to a professional good girl like her.

The reason that this was a problem is, as you could probably guess, the sad fact that Lynn seems to combine a prurient interest in the doings of others with a need to pretend that she isn't obsessed with the idea that the world outside her window is a non-stop orgy she isn't allowed to join into and is sort of too shy to want to join anyway. This forces her to take irritating steps to hide her fixation from her fellows. Instead of either flat-out saying that Liz and Eric were playing house and losing her fans OR having Liz laugh in his face when he suggested doing so and gaining more fans she might not like, we got the stupid compromise of Liz making a show of having separate beds. This way, she could have her cake and eat it too. She could imagine all sorts of weird things and the fanbase could imagine Liz keeping the faith. Everyone wins except people who hate dissembling.
Tags: lynn the repressed voyeur

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