Saturday, August 28, 2010

March 13, 1953: Good luck with that, Charlie Brown

Peanuts

The argument concerning relative worth re: men and women sounds maybe a little more troubling today than it did back then. I usually excuse it as a childish kind of "go team!" cheering. (Thesis: sports team loyalty is taking the place of the casual chauvinism and racism of earlier decades. You have two hours. You may pick up your pencils... now!)

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  1. I have nothing to say on the question of sports-team loyalty. But I would offer that this argument concerning the relative worth re: men and women has less to do with any actual chauvinism, and more to do with the behavior of children in general. Schulz's characters will eventually mature beyond this phase, but in these early comics they act more conspicuously child-like. And one of the marks of a young child's behavior is this need to be associated with a "winning" group, while identifying and degrading an inferior "other".

    Come to think of it, I guess that's my answer to your essay question too.

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