||[Sep. 19th, 2008|12:24 pm]
Hello friends! This weekend in my sketch grad show, I will mime being "sandwiched" (3 dicks, not 2) in front of my boyfriend's Catholic parents!|
Speaking of "AAAAAAK," not to take away from my problem, which is quite dire and entirely my own fault... but I was kind of sad watching Andy Samberg playing Cathy from "Cathy" on Weekend Update.
In the 1970s, "Cathy" was a feminist breakthrough. A career woman-protagonist was still a rare thing, and to deal frankly with now-mundane topics like premarital intimacy, weight struggles, remaining child-free and the ensuing frustration when your friends have children, in a daily comic strip, was a big deal! In the 70s and probably through the 80s, the strip was revolutionary. Cathy Guisewite was part of a big, bold change and was creating a strip about things that mattered.
Yeah, it's incredibly stupid now. But I'm sad that it's been reduced to what it's become, that Andy Samberg in a wig screeching "MY MOTHER DRIVES ME CRAZY! SWEAT DROP! SWEAT DROP!" is how most people see a comic strip that once did something great for women.
Edit: The Cathy Wikipedia entry is hilarious, and includes a breakdown of "The Four Basic Guilt Groups," as well as a list of anthologies released over the years:
1980: What Do You Mean, I Still Don't Have Equal Rights??!
2000: Shoes: Chocolate For The Feet