4 comments to Appliance Ownership and Working Women
I know just how these women feel; sometimes I put on my pantyhose and go into the basement and just caress my water heater.
TMI, Kim! I was amused by another video in which it was explained that the reason those women in the TV ads are smiling is because they’re actresses, and they’re working!
Interesting! Well, I remember when our dishwasher broke and we didn’t get around to fixing it for several months. And I know my quality of life got a *lot* better when we finally did. I didn’t really mind washing the dishes by hand per se; it was kind of meditative. But I had no time for anything else when I got home from work.
As I watched this, I also was thinking about the “Anne of Green Gables” books and the “Little Women” books, where almost every middle class family had at least one domestic servant, even if, as in the case of the March family, they were too poor to buy mittens and had to use hot potatoes to keep their hands warm on their way to work. There was just too much work for a housewife to do all by herself. Though I don’t know how those domestic servants managed. I suppose most of them never married, and lived with the families where they worked.
I’ve often thought a domestic servant would be useful. I suppose some of them worked for a few years and saved their wages until they could set up a more independent life.