Friday, August 29, 2008

Unfortunately, we've seen it all before

I think we all knew in our black soul of souls that Toby isn't the first one to find herself in a fraud-related financial pickle due to sheer stupidity. Yes, those silly wives of Charterstone have been at it for years, as seen in this 1967 storyline.

I think we can all see what's coming.

The 1960's-70's strips all would pretty much make sense if you removed all the dialog and simply put one of these captions below:

"If you'd stayed home like I told you to, not only would I still have a shirt on my back, but it'd be ironed too."

"See, this is what happens when you insist on leaving the kitchen. The public sphere [or in this case, the sporting sphere] is no place for a woman, and I hope you learned your lesson."

"Wholly lacking the ability to think things through, the plans of the slutty singleton are never successful, thus providing a stark reminder that a man's business should be left to him, and him alone."

Speaking of the "rights" of women, do you think they'll be able to vote in Santa Royale this November? I surmise that Toby will go with Ian to the polls (an educational, albeit potentially confusing field trip) and practice voting on those blank ballots. Then maybe in 8 years time she'll be ready.


Wanders said...

Woah. This is a lot of Mary Worth. The Santa Royale Historical Society thanks you. It's good to see that some things never change.

Tina said...

There's a pretty amazing Mary-Worth-cures-an-anorexic plot sometime in the early 70's too. Santa Royale would be a ghost town by now if it weren't for her amazing advice.

Marvin Lesbian said...

I think Mary actually only moved to Santa Royale in the 70s or 80s. Those 60s strips are probably set in New York.

Tina said...

Seriously? Good to know - a few strips here and there don't provide a complete geographical history.