I've been wanting to write this for quite a long time already. Call me silly, but I just have to get it out of my head.
As I grow up I'm reflecting on various things. Like stories I used to read when I was a kid. I'm seeing them in a different light and my conclusions amaze me. Like in the case of Donald and Daisy Duck. I am extremely curious if anybody else shares my newly formed opinion concerning their relationship. To justify it, I am going to present some evidence.
Since I am Polish, I will be relying on the Donald Duck comics that were published in Poland in the times of my childhood/adolescence. I assume all of them were translated from English, but I have no way of checking what the English titles were (Frankly, I don't even want to check the Polish titles, as digging through the pile of my old comics would take ages, so I will be relying on my memory). I'm going to provide summaries, so you may recognize what story it is.
Now, to the actual journal:
Thesis Daisy doesn't deserve Donald
Point 1 Daisy expects Donald to sacrifice his hobbies for her, but is not willing to sacrifice her hobbies for him.
Example: Daisy managed to obtain tickets to opera. She calls Donald and invites him to go with her. He tells her he was going to see a soccer game, a very important game. She goes berserk and threatens to dump him if he doesn't go with her. He doesn't even have a chance to defend himself, because she disconnects.
This is a typical behavior of Daisy. She doesn't give Donald any choice, she gives him an ultimatum. I mean, seriously, how cruel is it to make your boyfriend choose between you and sports? Such behavior is only justified when the boyfriend devotes way too much time to sports and totally ignores the girlfriend, but that is not the case here. Daisy is being plain selfish. As soon as Donald says he has different plans she goes mad and yells at him. She could've at least let him finish what he had to say. But no it is her opinion that matters. He is supposed to do as she says.
What's worse, when exact reverse situation happens, Daisy is unwilling to sacrifice her hobbies for Donald. As presented here:
Example: Donald has spent a few hours in the kitchen, preparing a romantic dinner for himself and Daisy. He is extremely proud of himself and hopes his girlfriend will appreciate his efforts. However, as soon as he opens the door, Daisy pushes him away and dashes to the living room. She sits in front of TV and turns it on, glad that she made it before the show started. When Donald says that the dinner is ready, she makes a dreamy face and replies with "Who would even think of eating when there's the perfect man on screen?" (more-or-less). When Donald tries to complain, she scolds him for disturbing her and spoiling the evening for her. She then demands that he brings her some snacks. Brokenhearted, he obeys.
Now this is plain cruel. This is not something you do to somebody you love. The poor guy put so much effort into preparing the dinner and she preferred to watch TV. Moreover, a show that featured a muscular hero rescuing damsels in distress. If I were Donald, I would have cut the TV wire and demanded an apology. Sadly, he doesn't have the guts to do it. Daisy has him so whipped that he won't even have the courage to tell her he likes something that she hates. As shown in here:
Example: Donald's nephews ask him for pocket money, because they want to see a museum exhibition. He refuses, stating he's taking Daisy to a heavy metal concert and needs money. When Daisy appears she says "Let's hurry before the fans of that good-for-nothing Fred Dodger create a traffic jam". Donald (shocked): "You don't like Fred?", Daisy (furious): "I hate him! A deaf goose sings better than he does! So, where are you taking me?", Donald (terrified): "Well, Umh, I
", Nephews (sensing their chance): "Tell her about the museum exhibition!". And so the entire family goes to the museum exhibition.
As we see, it's not just that Daisy makes Donald choose between her and his hobbies. She doesn't even respect his hobbies, nor his opinions. Sure, Donald tends to have a weird taste. He often likes the kind of music everybody hates and hates the kind of music everybody likes. But it's not a crime, he has the right to have his own taste. Unfortunately, Daisy doesn't seem to understand this. She forces Donald to participate in her hobbies and goes mad when he shows no enthusiasm for it. Talking about a real tyrant, heh?
Point 2 When Daisy s****s something up, she blames it on Donald
Seriously, she does it all the time.
Example: Donald and Daisy have been hired by the Olympics committee (or something like this). Their job is to chose a sponsor for their team. A potential sponsor appears he is a very handsome young man. Donald takes a look at his products and laughs. "Daisy will never agree to this!" he says. But then Daisy comes in. The potential sponsor gives her a charming smile. She is immediately smitten and agrees to sign the contract without even taking a look at his products. Donald begs Daisy to listen to him, as he tries to show her the sponsor's suitcase, but she slams the door into his face, demanding that he distributes the products to the team. So he does. It turns out that the sponsors products accessories for babies. When Donald and Daisy's boss discovers what they've done, he fires them. Daisy yells at Donald: "You knew about it!". He says: "I tried to tell you, but you wouldn't listen!". She attacks him and beats him up. They are disturbed by the sponsor, who threatens to sue them if their teams doesn't advertise his products. Daisy finds a solution she makes Donald wear the baby clothes and take part in the Olympics.
Example: Donald notices that Daisy is writing a diary. She tells him that it helps her remember things better. Sometime later Daisy catches Donald with a notebook. He quickly hides it and explains that he decided to follow her example the notebook helps him remember things better. Since then Daisy wonders what is Donald writing in his diary about. The curiosity drives her nuts. At some point she and Donald go to a soccer game. When Donald goes away for a moment, Daisy takes his diary out of his bag. Before she can open it Donald comes back, so she shoves the diary into his bag again unfortunately she misses and she shoves it into some strange woman's bag. The woman takes the bag and goes away. Daisy follows her, hoping to retrieve the diary. Before she can reach it, some pickpockets steal it. Determined, Daisy pursues them. It takes a couple of pages of extremely hot pursuit before she finally catches them. In the end, it turns out that Donald's notebook was not a diary he wrote sports statistics in it. The comic ends with furious Daisy pursuing confused Donald, yelling "You made me risk my life for some stupid sports statistics?!" or something like this.
My point is Daisy blames all her mistakes on Donald. In both cases what happened was her fault, yet she cannot accept it. She cannot accept the fact that she could be guilty of anything, she cannot accept the consequences of her own actions. She is plain immature. Like a child. Not that Donald is flawless he pretty much s****s up all the time, and he has to pay for it. Quite a lot of his comic revolve around him running into trouble and trying to get out of it. He sometimes succeeds and sometimes fails, but he always tries. The case is debatable, but I'd say his sense of responsibility is higher than Daisy's. I can't think of a single instant when he'd shove the responsibility for his actions onto her. It is usually the reverse he wants to protect her and goes out of his skin to do so. Unfortunately, she doesn't appreciate it. As if dealing with his own mess wasn't bad enough, Donald is forced to deal with Daisy's. He is the victim, no matter what.
Point 3 Daisy finds pleasure in teasing Donald, yet she cannot stand to be teased herself
Both Donald and Daisy happen to be not necessarily faithful to each other in all respects. They however differ greatly in the manner of cheating.
Example: Donald and Daisy are taking a walk. They notice Gladstone, surrounded by a crowd of female fans (he has recently become a TV star). Daisy leaves Donald and approaches Gladstone. She congratulates him on his new career and invites him for a walk. Gladstone asks if Donald won't be jealous. Daisy replies "Forget about Donald! I'd rather take a walk with you!". And so they go, leaving a jealous Donald behind.
Now isn't this open cheating? Donald gets stood out on his date, because his girlfriend wants to be with the popular guy.
Further on later in the same comic Donald is invited to the same show as Gladstone and steals all the popularity from him (people find it easier to identify with a loser than a lucky guy). Soon Donald is the one surrounded by female fans. Furious Daisy approaches him, scolds him, and walks away, refusing to listen to his explanations. What does that say about Daisy? She thinks it's alright for a woman to cheat, but not for a man. Talk about hypocrisy, huh?
After examining a couple of such instances, you will notice a clear pattern: Usually, when Daisy cheats, she does it openly in front of Donald's very eyes. Her goal is to make him jealous. When Donald cheats, he does it behind Daisy's back. He finds pleasure in knowing he can attract other women, not just the one he dates. Plain male need of being admired. It is arguable which of them is the worse cheater (as cheating is always wrong), but I'd say Daisy. Her intention is to hurt Donald. Donald's intention is improve his self esteem. He never intended to hurt Daisy. It doesn't justify his actions, but he's the better of the two. He is stupid while she is cruel.
Concluding: Daisy is one hell of a b****. She has no respect for her boyfriend, she treats him like a dog, and expects him to obey her in everything. Donald should either break up with her or grow a spine and learn to stand up to her. Otherwise it's just a toxic relationship.
Man, what a relief to have finally written it.