Mar 13 2011
Greetings Cool People:
This week I’m going to say a few words about those brave women of yore.
My grandmother used to tell me that life was a lot simpler in her day and in days of yore.
“How so?” I would challenge her.
“Molly, women didn’t have the worries of the world on their shoulders. They didn’t have to work. They led a simpler and more refined life that centered around raising their children and enjoying all that went with being a lady.”
“But Grams, isn’t maintaining a house and taking care of kids a whole lot of work? What’s ladylike about cleaning? And what if a woman wanted to have a job?”
That was usually about where the conversation would end. My grandmother and I loved one another and agreed we were from entirely different planets. The irony of this was that my grandmother used to have this old advertisement proudly hanging in her kitchen.
I ask you: Does this woman look happy? Do you see any joy radiating from her face? Does she represent the epitome of “a lady” to you? Could life get any more fun than standing by a wash basin with what appears to be a giant toilet plunger smushing the clothes? This poor woman looks positively catatonic. And she probably has a girdle squeezing her guts in.
And what is the name of this delightful contraption she is working? Why, it’s “The Little Joker.” It calls for “Mothers, Wives, and Daughters” to “take courage.” It was designed by MEN for “frail women” to use, thereby helping them to avoid “weary aching limbs, sickness, suffering, and death caused by over-work, exposure and colds.” Holy misogynist, Batman! If washing clothing did all that for women, why in the world didn’t the men lend a helping hand?
Really it’s tough enough being a woman of this generation.
This might be the perfect place to mention my theory about why men get down on one knee to propose. Mind you, this is only my opinion, but I believe that men began doing THIS:
Because it symbolically represented that their wives-to-be would spend the rest of their lives doing this:
Love you, guys! Just having fun.
Yours in pickiness,