In comments to Lauredhel’s post about the princessification of Dora the Explorer, Helen and I have been discussing other animated girl characters whom we enjoy. We’re both fans of Daria, whom Helen epitomises beautifully as “dry as dust”.
Daria is enduring high school until she can get away to further studies outside her conformist suburban community. She’s not into fashion enough to be either goth or emo, but she’s far more in sympathy with those kids than with the princess crowd of cheerleaders and ruthless fashionistas. She has a wide range of pithy putdowns for those sort of pretensions, although the show makes sure that Daria doesn’t have all the answers herself, and is occasionally embarrassed by her own assumptions. Well balanced show in my opinion.
Anyway, I’ve just suggested it to my daughter the tigling as an antidote to the popular-girl(PG) clique that she’s finding an irritation at school. They are annoyingly affected (they all screamed recreationally during the thunderclaps yesterday) and now one is mildly bullying her verbally.
See, the tigling took some bubble mixture into school last week, thinking to have a little fun in some class where they were going to have some free time, and this popular-girl(PG) freaked out about being allergic to the mixture. Tigling is skeptical, as none* of PG’s friends backed her up about this being a known allergy. Since then PG has asked Tigling every day “did you bring in that bubble mixture today? It could kill me you know” with an accusatory sneer. Tigling says she’s just been shrugging it off with a polite negative (after the first “of course not, you told me you were allergic”). I suggested she practice the following line to her mirror, utterly deadpan:
“Yes, I’ve brought a litre of industrial strength concentrate so that I can cover your entire body with bubbles and (widen eyes and lower voice) watch you die.”
Do you think that this might effectively convey to PG the idea that she’s been milking this allergy claim just a little bit too long?
* Perhaps the rest of the PG clique aren’t agreeing with her choice of tigling as a target of PG disdain with a probably bogus allergy claim, and this lack of approval has made her stubborn, thus she’s still clinging to the daily reminder. If this is the case I’m glad that the tigling is not widely viewed as ripe for bullying, but sad for whoever the clique will target instead.