Commercial Watch II

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This commercial seems to sum up Woman’s Existence:

I blogged about it over at Technorati, but I screwed up posting the actual commercial. So here you go, in all its excitement. Have a blast ogling women ogling shirts their working husbands get to wear to do their jobs (in the real world! where they make money! and use their brains!) and they get to clean (their jobs! no money! no brains!).

WooHoo! Yay for Women’s Lib! Simone de Beauvoir was SO right in 1949 when she said “Enough ink has been spilled in the quarreling over feminism, now practically over”–that’s right–OVER. Except that when had it ever begun? Did I miss the memo? Did Clorox?

Oh, silly me. Clorox made the men a bunch of dummies. THAT must be their feminist commentary (?!).

And for those of you who couldn’t be bothered to read my Technorati article, here is a beautiful picture of me doing what woman apparently does best:

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4 responses »

  1. Charlotte Perkins Gilman had it right (in 1901!) when she advocated for families living in big apartment buildings with communal kitchens and nurseries, so that food could be cooked by professionals (the science of home economics was big news back then) and children could be cared for by professionals. “Mother” wasn’t an automatic, biological imperative, in her mind. Of course, she was pilloried for saying so, but there you go. Some things never change.

  2. Sounds like the original, idealistic, socialist Israeli kibbutzim — of which there are few left in existence. Yay for CPG!

    The Scientist points out that in his utopia, Walden II, Skinner also advocated something of this nature (children are reared outside of the nuclear family by trained behavior specialists). The Scientist has another interest in Skinner’s ideas of child-rearing–the “air crib.” Check it out:

    http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2010/september-10/skinner-air-crib.html

    Forget changing diapers or worrying if baby is hot or cold . . .

    Incidentally, I started reading The Second Sex again today . . . I last read it in 1999, and though there are comments and passages underlined all over, the section about motherhood is oddly bare (how come I didn’t think about it at all as a non-mother??).

    Of course, SdB solved the problem of motherhood as she solved the problem of housework–by leaving it to others.

  3. Been meaning to ask you about that photo since I saw it onTechnorati: Is it an intentional suburban parody of that scene from Brokeback Mountain? Or of some of those old Virginia Slims ads?

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