Today is Cathy's last day. You know Cathy.
Everything is sooo dramatic with her - from the ACK! to the low self-esteem. I used to enjoy reading Cathy, then I realized she's not such a good role model for women.
She's Not Independent
Too afraid to take a vacation alone? Or is it just a fear of being alone? Or is her mother one of those who doesn't let their kids - no matter how old - go anywhere or do anything solo?
She's Always On A Diet
She's A Shopaholic
Crazy Cat Lady to Cathy. Yes, she has a dog, but I think the person who made the women who love their pets more than people got the idea from Cathy. I mean, she was treating her dog like a baby before girls like Paris Hilton started wearing their pets like accessories. Replacement for a child? Maybe. I like having pets even when they wake me up in the middle of the night. Even people don't get excited when you enter a room after being gone for 30 seconds.
She's Read A Few Too Many Self-Help Books
She Played Right Into Her Parents' Hands
When I looked back at these comics, I realized that it did a lot of damage to women. It made every misstep a punchline. Life is hard. Life as a single girl over the age of 25 - that's even harder. Do I want someone to laugh at my misadventures? Not necessarily. Laugh with me, not at me. I cannot believe that in the year 2010 people are mourning the loss of this character. I think she's the poster child for every woman who has let society label her a spinster. If you don't love yourself and your flaws, who will?
So, ladies, if you have been collecting these comics, I say take them off your cubicle wall/refrigerator/scrap book! Become a modern woman who makes the most of what she has but is open to a world of possibilities - where chocolate is good and the word "ACK!" is something crazy people say to themselves while walking the streets.
And if you want to see how this lady went out, here's the final comic strip.