For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Lauren M

    Lauren M said, about 1 year ago

    Makes sense. LOL

  2. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, about 1 year ago

    John sure knows where everything is in his dental office, but not in his own home kitchen.

  3. Robina  Fox

    Robina Fox said, about 1 year ago

    @TEMPLO S.U.D.

    No, he doesn’t! See November 5th strip.

  4. jimshari222

    jimshari222 said, about 1 year ago

    @TEMPLO S.U.D.

    A lot of dentists don’t know where stuff is in there office, they have assistants for that!

  5. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, about 1 year ago

    No matter how competent John is in the kitchen, he is always shown to be incompetent. Usually, the comic strip features John making a peanut butter sandwich or pork and beans, instead doing some long list of instructions Elly left for him. This time we are to believe that he is competent enough to make a cake, but his 4-year-old knows more about where things are in the kitchen than he does.
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    I remember this was a regular source of humor in commercials for cleaning products. The hapless male was fumbling through something domestic, when the superintelligent female would lord over him by showing him that he really needed to use {fill in the product being advertised} to solve his problem. John in the kitchen jokes are usually like those commercials.

  6. DAZZ

    DAZZ GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Most of the men I meet have been on their own for a while, so at least know their way around their own kitchen. But few of them have all the spices that a normal home kitchen has. As to baking, there are many young WOMEN who never attempt such a thing (not even with a box cake which is too easy).

  7. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, about 1 year ago

    The youngest grandchild has been the spotter for just about everything since she was about Elizabeth’s age. She’s not that interested in academics, but susses out where everything is located.

  8. gaebie

    gaebie said, about 1 year ago

    John has never been shown to be incompetent in his dentist practice, while I would never want Elly to work on my teeth. Each has a skill where they work best.

  9. argy.bargy2

    argy.bargy2 said, about 1 year ago

    @TEMPLO S.U.D.

    Actually, he doesn’t know where anything is, which is why he panicked when his assistant announced that she was pregnant. He was imaging himself trying to find supplies when she was on leave.

  10. 300bostons

    300bostons GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    My husband can find enough of whatever he wants in the kitchen but I think it’s more trial and error on his part because he has no idea where to put the stuff when he’s through with it. And putting something in the dishwasher remains a complete mystery for him.

  11. oldman2013

    oldman2013 said, about 1 year ago

    Einstein couldn’t tie his shoes

  12. Ben_Jammin

    Ben_Jammin said, about 1 year ago

    Lol, everyone’s reaction is always the same in the final panel—surprised, wide-eyed look.

  13. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, about 1 year ago

    @Ben_Jammin

    Lol, everyone’s reaction is always the same in the final panel—surprised, wide-eyed look.
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    I like to call that reaction “gobsmacked”.

  14. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, about 1 year ago

    @gaebie

    John has never been shown to be incompetent in his dentist practice, while I would never want Elly to work on my teeth.
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    Never say “never”. John, the incompetent dentist, has been and will continue to be a regular source of comedy in this comic strip. An example:
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  15. argy.bargy2

    argy.bargy2 said, about 1 year ago

    @howtheduck

    This type of humor (the ‘helpless’ of one gender when in the supposed wheelhouse of the other) serves as the basis of most entertainment in the US, never mind just commercials. There are still films that make fun of the ‘Mr. Moms’ who are full time parents, even though this is happening much more now. And the TV show where a woman was President didn’t last long.

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    It’s not about the hapless male fumbling through something domestic with a superintelligent woman showing him the way just in commercials. This is part of an overall culture that is still very uneasy about men and women in roles that aren’t ‘traditional’. So, instead of exploring how it might work well for a particular person, the entertainment industry (followed by the advertising industry) uses that uneasiness to create B-rated comedy…

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