We all have a little Dorothy in us!
Sarcasm | Logic | Progressive thinking
These are just a few of the qualities we love so much about Dorothy Zbornak. Her dry sense of humor paired with her wit and intelligence are part of what makes her so admirable. I can definitely identify with her when it comes to progressive thinking and keeping up with the times. Also, the sarcasm is something I dish out whenever possible but I have to say; her deadpan delivery is something I have no quite yet mastered. Also, I can relate to her in the sense that, at least according to her height and wardrobe, she is often portrayed as the least feminine of all. Growing up, I didn't cling to things that were short, low cut, tight or what you would necessarily find at stores like Express or Bebe. (Not hating on those stores. I have, from time to time, found a thing or two at Express that I've been able to incorporate into my style. Overall, the style they sell and promote just isn't me.)
While I often spent my time with women who had a similar style to my own (or at least one that didn't identify with the very limited accepted version of 'feminine'), I always felt like that wasn't fair to automatically be boxed into the "less feminine" category simply because what I wore or how I was shaped didn't fit into the other box. I'm almost 5'7 and not stick thin but curvy, I prefer Vans to stilettos any day, will sass someone (as opposed to giggling or twirling my hair) when it comes to flirting OR I'm just a goofball. That's just me. Femininity has a wide range of meanings and expressions and for that reason, I always felt I could identify with Dorothy when she's boxed in throughout the series.
Aside from the qualities above, she's also a strong woman in the sense that she's a survivor; in today's society with divorce not being an uncommon thing to happen in a marriage, people tend to gloss over all the baggage and emotional turmoil that often goes into a divorce. Two people realizing that they are no longer compatible is difficult enough to face head on, but pair that with infidelity of countless amounts adds an entirely new layer of shittiness to the equation. She grabbed the bull by the horns and started over again after 38 years of marriage on her own. Sure, she went through the process of first being a mess (who wouldn't be?) but ultimately, she decided to start over on her own terms and never looked back. Personally, big changes give me a ton of anxiety and while I'm getting better at managing and just plowing through it, it's still incredibly uncomfortable at times. That perseverance is something I aspire to continue to build.
Her witty comebacks, especially in times of stress and/or confrontation are something I so wish I had in my arsenal. When the situation does not include too much tension I can spew out a few quips especially in the presence of friends. However, should a topic arise that invokes an emotional response, forget it. True, Dorothy has a handful of times where she loses her cool, but it doesn't happen too often. She's direct, is able to quickly asses what is going on and makes her point. I freakin' LOVE that about her.
While I love all four of the Girls, Dorothy is hands down my favorite. Again, when you combine the four of them together, the chemistry of their individual personalities and idiosyncrasies truly conspire to make the perfect storm on set.
In friendship and cheesecake,