When the epic news broke that Archie was going to marry Veronica, I knew I'd soon be hearing from Gina Barreca, and I was right. I also knew exactly what Gina, the feminist scholar, was going to say.
Gene: You are outraged at Archie's choice because Betty is sweet and kind and middle class, and Veronica is selfish, scheming and rich. You see this as a validation of your belief that men are shallow and easily manipulated and, above all, that they are always wrong.
Gina: I am glad Archie chose Veronica because, unlike Betty, Veronica is not blond.
Gene: You're kidding.
Gina: Not in the least. I am black-haired. Because of my ethnic type, I never had an option to become a blonde -- I'd look more natural with fur, a snout and a dorsal fin. So, like many dark-haired girls, I grew up with a deep-seated if infantile resentment of blondes, for whom life, we believed, is easier. I am delighted Archie chose Veronica.
Gene: Okay, now please explain how this prejudice does not invalidate and repudiate the entirety of your life's work.
Gina: I'm thinking.