@jessmahler Yeah, that's a thing I'm trying to reconcile. But if anything, these characters need a bit of public weirdness.

And to some degree they feel opposite: you can't conform if you don't know what's expected of you

I'm still not sure of the qualia of that though.

@aredridel Some expectations are clearly laid out-- you are supposed to be monogamous, to form a nuclear family, have a good paying job, etc.

Some expectations are more insidious-- how do you start a conversation with someone you don't like? How do you handle a confrontation? What are you supposed to do when your broke and the bill collector keeps hounding you? Few people get taught what's expected in these situations, just tossed in, sink or swim.

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