Happy days are here again… sexism is not in jeopardy!
Once upon a time when patriarchy ruled, the American housewife was perceived as the most envied gal in the world and a new vacuum cleaner was enough to send her over the moon.
Apparently it still does
When a category on a recent episode of Jeopardy asked “What Women Want” the answers were disturbingly retro.
Instead of things women really want like, oh say equal pay or paid maternity leave, the correct responses were herbal tea, good fitting Levis and a vacuum cleaner!
These notions are as antiquated as these vintage ads.
Smart husbands have long known a vacuum cleaner that beats as it sweeps was sure to make their better half’s heart skip a beat with excitement. After all what red-blooded American man doesn’t want to get their wife in a Hoovering Mood.
Isn’t this about what a husband really says at Christmas time when he gives a Hoover Cleaner to a wife? asks this Hoover ad from 1946.
“I want you to work less. I want you have more leisure. I want you to save your strength. I want to make it easier for you to keep the home we’- re so proud of. I want you to have a cleaner to help you- and I want you to have a cleaner the world says is the finest.
And she wants you to help!
Nothing stars a new home and new romance like a vacuum cleaner.
But hubby be careful what you want. Your wife’s affections may soon be displaced by her love of her vacuum cleaner.
Like a stubborn stain that won’t come out, sexism still lingers.
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