According to this report, the Vatican has declared that the washing machine did more to liberate women in the 20th century than the pill or the right to work.
Um, does anyone else find it strange that a group of men who are sworn to never marry have a rats' ass idea of what they're talking about? (Guess I'm getting ex-communicated for that one.)
Okay, yes, a washing machine is great compared to the 'take the laundry basket down to the river and beat the clothes on a rock' mentality. And yes, the washing machine has come a long way from the old wringer washers I grew up with. OMG does anyone remember having to fill and empty those suckers?
But does anyone else think that we probably do a helluva lot more washing than we used to do BECAUSE of the washing machine?
Same as the vacuum cleaner. It used to be houses had wooden floors that could be swept/mopped, but now builders fill the houses with carpets because they're cheaper, and you have to vacuum more often. (Especially if you've got a dog or a cat. And let's not get into the spillage factor.)
My mother swears that we have a ton more housework to do, and more often, because of all these 'labour saving devices.'
What do you think advanced women's liberation in the last century? Do you agree with the men in black?