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Our organization – thanks to our Carolyn – got a request to write an article that was published in the Emirates Woman magazine in November 2012. It’s an interesting read because it counterpoints Carolyn’s viewpoint on the traditional wife with those of a professional career woman Bidisha, a broadcaster and writer who specializes in arts, culture, and social affairs, including gender, sexuality, and race. The referee, and compiler of the articles is Alexandria Gouveia.
This is what page 116 of the intro article looks like. Click on the photo to see a larger image of the picture.
Carolyn’s article precedes career woman Bidisha’s. If you want to read Carolyn’s complete article, click here to our page: Carolyn Snowden: The Relationship Debate
The following is Bidisha’s counterpoint article, which appears on page 120 following Carolyn’s:
“The surrendered wife deserves our sympathy,”says, Bidisha, broadcaster and writer specialising in the arts and culture and social affairs including gender, class, sexuality and race.
There is no person more boring, or bored, than a stay-at-home wife. I would recommend such a role only for women who have small brains, small hopes, small potential and small personalities. But I know no such women. What I do know is that 5,000 years of inequality, machismo, conditioning, intimidation and oppression have resulted in this strange, stunted creature – the surrendered wife – who finds some kind of sick nobility in grovelling to a man. The wretch believes that her highest virtue lies in giving the greatest attention to the smallest things: the dustpan, the oven, the crib, the sink – and the contents of her husband’s underpants.
The surrendered wife deserves our sympathy. Without realising it, she has been subjected to a deep cultural, social and political lobotomy, internalised the propaganda that says she is naturally destined for wife-work according to her innate capacities, and has emerged competent but wholly unrebellious. She is good at organising the home, judicious with her children’s upbringing, efficient about the family’s comings and goings, savagely chic when entertaining. But she is dependent for her survival – and that makes her submissive. If she doesn’t please her lord and master, she has nothing to fall back on. In order to survive, she must turn herself into a giver in the bedroom, a maid on the landing, a cook in the kitchen, a nanny in the nursery, a secretary at the desk, a housekeeper in the pantry and a hostess in the lounge. No matter what reflected status she may gain from her husband, at the core of it she herself is merely a geisha: there to serve. She exists to be exploited for her sexual, social and physical labour but, as a dependent subordinate with no power of her own, she can be bullied, hurt, disparaged or replaced whenever her owner chooses.
When a woman’s scope is reduced to the four walls of her home, her soul shrinks accordingly. Her frustration, boredom and bitterness are sublimated into obsession with petty surface details, extreme self-objectification, obsessive shopping and the bullying of staff. Because she is isolated, she doesn’t have the resources to fight the source of her oppression – that is, her husband and the entire macho ethos that keeps her in her place – and so she transfers her rage onto other women, satisfying her insecurity by making small-minded, insecure, sniping judgements. She begins to police other women’s behaviour, perhaps even her own daughters’ behaviour, punishing them if they do not conform. This is understandable and it’s what oppressed groups have always done. It is easier to lash out laterally than face the reality of oppression; easy to submit to misogynist ‘tradition’, hard to fight such entrenched views, especially when they are backed up by the threat of violence.
I believe women deserve much more than a life of service. That is not a life, it is merely an existence in which all of our resources are used up for others’ benefit. That said, the hardest and most profound free work we do – bringing up children, caring for elderly relatives, keeping communities together peacefully – should be acknowledged, honoured and credited instead of being assumed, expected, unpaid, undervalued and taken advantage of.
Instead of women judging each other, or themselves, they should judge men. We deserve to go into the world to fulfil our potential without being leered at, opposed, judged, sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, followed or abused. We deserve to be treated equally as minds and personalities, not as objects. A woman has a basic human right to be seen as a person in her own right, an individual, and not a man’s wife, someone’s daughter, someone’s mother, someone’s sister or someone’s neighbour, with all the labour and duties that entails. And when we come home unmolested from our studies, our work or visiting friends and family, we will do precisely half of the work required, and the man should do the other half. Since a man makes half a baby, he should do half the childcare. Since he makes half the dirt, he should do half the cleaning. And since he eats half the food, he should do half of all the kitchen work.
Men have killed each other in great wars, put other men on the moon, created vast architectural structures and tiny electronic circuits, and constructed complex governments in which men help other men achieve wealth, status and power. Women have done so too, of course, but their names are erased from history and their contribution ignored, belittled, downgraded or sidelined. Men have developed intricate religions, laws and courts in which, year after year, men who abuse women walk free using a variety of excuses. Are you telling me that Man, this great and complex creation, in all his genius and abusiveness and hypocrisy, is not capable of wiping a baby’s bottom?
Being a surrendered wife is dull, repetitive, unjust, unfulfilling and submissive. Obedient women don’t make history, they merely clean it and furnish it for men to inhabit, and are not credited afterwards. Never forget that surrender is the very last resort of heroes, warriors and adventurers. It is easy to be a slave because you know what your fate is: to be a slave forever. But that is no life. Women are too interesting to be hidden from the world, too intelligent to be barred from contributing in full, too witty to be silenced in public, too dynamic to be held back from the outside world and too strong to be denied.
Among our group of Stepford girls, we lean towards shiny Stainless Steel cookware (there’s no better way to dress up a kitchen then with a bit of highlights!). Non-sticks, though nice, are drab and gray. Even though they are easier to clean, Stepford wives live by the credo that we are happy to spend all day in the kitchen! We use either All-Clad or Cuisinart France. Georgina uses Falk copper.
Even though we have dishwashing machines we generally clean by hand. It’s the only way to keep the cookware free from scratches. When it comes to cleaning, we at Stepford savor the inconvenience, but it’s actually quite simple. Here is a simple video we found, but before you watch it, a few pointers from our organization.
Lastly, don’t sweat the scratches inside the pan. It’s normal to have scratches inside a well-used. Stepford Wives cook 3 times a day 7 times a week, and we have scratches on the inside.
All that matters is everything appears sparkling on the outside!
One of the stereotypes that separates women from men is our size. Now it’s not entirely possible that we possess Scalett O’Hara’s 17 inch waistline from Gone with the Wind, but we do have the magic of diminutive stature in our favour. However; in this modern day and age, it’s additionally difficult to stay small. That’s why it is supremely important that we diet constantly, eat next to nothing except vegetables, and stay as thin as we are physically able to be. Remember what Wallis Simpson famously said, “You Can Never Be Too Rich Or Too Thin.”
Even though not all men like short girls, they do prefer women to be smaller than they are, regardless of their height. That is part of the pride of masculinity in being the big, protective half in the relationship.
So if you are not able to be small, nor short, remember to do the next best thing: Take Up As Little Space As You Can, whenever you are around your husband or other men in public. Draw your shoulders in; sit with your knees touching; stand with your feet criss-crossed. Take Up A Minimal Amount of Space so we can provide our men with the luxury and comfort of more space to move around in. The art of being inconsequential is transforming our bodies to match our mindsets: we have small, inconsequential thoughts, small, inconsequential concerns, and small inconsequential opinions. Just the way our men prefer us.
That’s our edict here at The Stepford Wives Organization: “Vote Who Your Husband Tells You To Vote For, Or Don’t Vote At All.”
We know women’s rights groups will get all defensive over our civic conduct on voting day, but what they should know is that this is not about women’s rights.
It has never been about women’s rights.
Voting who our husbands tells us to vote for, is about showing our confidence in the man in our house as the head of the household, and our willingness to follow his lead. In a way, voting who our husband tells us to vote for, puts him in the commander-in-chief seat. He makes the decisions, we follow.
In the Stepford home, the only vote we cast was the vote for husbands to be our presidents!
Enjoy this video!
One of the things we at the organization get asked about often is how we clean our homes.
Obviously, the first rule of thumb about all house cleaning is to start from the top down: clean the first items that are the most valuable and precious, and work your way down from the top until the dust reaches the least valuable part- the ground…and vacuum that away.
With Stepford Wives however, there is a different approach. We take the top-down concept and apply it to our husbands – the head of the household.
To perform the Stepford Wife cleaning routine, one applies the top-down approach to our husband’s possessions. We always begin with his most valued item and work our way down to the lesser valued items. That way, the dirt and dust falls onto the lesser valued item, which gets wiped off at the last moment.
For example, Joan dusts and wipes her husband’s tv, stereo, and tools before she gives their dog Jerry a bath. She then wipes down his truck, then she moves on to his clothing, bags, and shoes. She washes his favorite bowls, silverware, and towels, and after she cleans his toilet and garbage cans, she finally takes a long hot bath for herself. It’s all about where the dirt goes and where the dirt falls on to.
Every smart Stepford Wife knows that the essence of cleaning is to polish what her man finds most valuable, and work her way down to what he finds easily disposable. That way, the most valuable items don’t get soiled, and the least valuable item – can get cleaned at the last moment.
We finally got it. We have been begging a few of the girls’ audiophile husbands to see if they can get a copy of this record. Sure, googling it will bring up a mention in some program called Tosh.0. And many websites have cited the record’s amusing title, but has anyone ACTUALLY heard the music on this recording?
Well here is your chance! The women at Stepford Wives Organization is proud to present our digitized track (oh alright, Edwin hunted it down at a garage sale and James gets the credit for digital conversion, whatever that means) from the record Music for Washing and Ironing by the Somerset Strings. EPIC LG 3084. We warn you, it’s a bit scratchy, but what did you expect for something over 50+ years old!?
Click on the record cover above or here to play the mp3.
The liner notes begins:
The therapeutic value of certain music has been known for a long, long time. Wily old Congreve was the man who noted that “music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,” but the concept goes much farther back into history than that. More recently, music has been used to keep employees happier (and in some instances, busier) at their work, and the introduction of a radio program called “Music to Read By” has led to a series of programs presenting music for specific moods and/or occupations. In the instance of this particular program, it matters little whether or not one is washing or ironing; the music is delightful on and terms. Nevertheless, if there is work to be done, it is certain that the burden can be eased by such gracious and appealing melodies as The Somerset Strings present in this collection.
Sorry, if you were expecting Mad Men’s Washing Machine with Betty Draper! That featured music was done by Astrud Gilberto from her song Agua De Beber, and will certainly prove too distracting to get your tidy whiteys brilliant.
Now enough chatting, we need to get back to washing and ironing and cooking!
We here at the organization love Republican wives of campaigning candidates. They are always so well-behaved, well turned-out and supporting of their husbands. There’s always a certain reverence Republican wives look up to their husbands that is wholly missing from the way Democratic women fight alongside theirs.
We adored Cindy McCain in the ’08 elections, even though comments made about her were an unfortunate demonstration of how vicious liberal trolling online could get. Needless to say, we grab every chance we can to watch the campaigns these past few months. Maureen Dowd writes a great article in that liberal old gray lady The New York Times about our Callista: NY Times Article: The Great Man’s Wife
Dowd’s article is a point by point blueprint of how we at the Stepford Wives Organization feel wives should behave towards their husbands.
One word: Don’t.
We have been hearing about people saving a bundle buying designer fragrances online. They are not mere savings of a few dollars, but close to 60% or more. How can this be possible?
Simple: They are fakes, replicas, or knockoffs.
We understand that many girls love a scent, and sometimes we can’t always afford it, but if you consider what you are getting, you’re not really saving any money at all.
First, let us explain the concept of knockoffs. The crime involved is a violation of intellectual property. Although one can argue that designer brand names profit from selling a lifestyle at gouged prices (the actual cost of producing a bottle of perfume is between 1/5 and 1/4 the retail price), they are the ones who ultimately created the fragrance and the images that you associate with when you use it. Purchasing knockoffs and replicas, on an ideological level, is not only wrong, but it drains your favorite company’s chances of staying afloat in this tough economy.
Practically speaking, however, you are not getting more for your money when you buy fakes. In perfumery jargon, there is first the top/head note which is the immediate scent that flourishes between 5 to 20 minutes after application. The middle/heart note is the soul of the perfume, and arrives 10 to 30 minutes after application. The final, most difficult class is the base note. They are equivalent to the finish of a good bottle of Bordeaux or Bourgogne (pinot noir). The Base interacts differently with each person’s pH and skin. Once you get past the 1 hour mark, that’s when the men separate from the boys: you will begin to understand why a Chanel No.5 lasted almost 100 years in popularity, when the knockoffs producers were still 3rd world savages.
Now there are many guides online to spot fakes. Needless to say, EBAY, a chasm of designer fake con-artists, provides guides to blowing the whistle on scam artists. However, one needs to understand that the knock-off product won’t disappear if a seller gets caught. It merely gets re-directed to a newly created re-seller.
So how does one steer clear of these fakers? Online guides tell you to inspect the packaging, the alignment of the words on the bottle (which should all be imprinted on the bottle, not stickered), the grammar, the fluid oz. size, and even the color of the liquid itself. They are all good tips. At the same time, the producers of knock-offs have access to these guides as well, so they can alter their products accordingly, and pass the scrutiny of all who follow the published advice. As for the color of the perfume, a basic knowledge of chemistry can enable one to change the foggiest of liquids to a crystal clear solution with a drop of the correct chemical. (i.e. acid in to aqueous solution)
If you were to break down the cost of producing a bottle of perfume, the packaging is sometimes more than the perfume itself; but let us suppose the packaging is authentic, the fake artist can still add water to the original perfume, much as spotty bars water down their good spirits. Don’t be fooled by shrink wraps. All it takes is a hair dryer to make an item look unopened.
We at the organization say, trust your nose! No matter how convincing a perfume swindler can make his packaging, you can never fake the middle and base notes, both which depend on an expert combination of oils to carry the longevity of the afterscent.
We put our noses to the test and tried several of our favorite perfumes from large online perfume stores. You can do this test too, if you decide you want to.
1. Make sure they have a return policy (restocking charges may apply). You will lose some money on shipping and restocking, but you will learn a valuable lesson in detecting fakes. Who knows? You may land an authentic item if you are lucky.
2. When the product arrives, do a test on either arm. On one arm, use an authentic bottle purchased from a department store you trust. At the same spot on your other arm, apply the online-bought identical perfume.
3. Now watch the clock, and either sit and wait, or go about your business. During set intervals, take a whiff of each arm where you sprayed. The longer you wait, the more apparent it will be which is the authentic perfume. It’s a mistake to think the real item lasts longer than the fake. While this is generally true, a fake or knockoff can last as long, if not longer, but the complexity, the layers, and depth of the fragrance, the oiliness, the richness won’t be there. It’s difficult to put in words, but you will understand once you have tried it.
4. For those who do not have an authentic store purchased perfume, either buy one if you can afford it, or visit the department store. Perform the same procedure in your car in the parking lot outside the store, then go in and spray their tester on your other arm. Repeat Step 3. (Note: Once you have determined the authenticity (or inauthenticity) of your online purchase, make sure to patronize that store and purchase the real item. Keep the real dealers in business. If you don’t, they may close down tomorrow.
5. Return the product if you feel it is a fake. Take a loss, learn a lesson, and steer clear in the future. A $20-$30 dollars loss (including shipping charges), in our book is worth the lesson.
6. You may find you can live with a fake. But understand that with a knockoff, in order to make that scent last, you may have to spray 5 times when you only have to do it once with the real deal. Now you walk around stinking like a prostitute because you are worried that it will all wear off 8 hours later. It’s not worth it. Volume-wise, you are using more of the product, even if you are paying less.
Remember. Online stores could be merchants from car trunks in alleys. You spent your whole life avoiding those replica stores in the mall, but their supplier could be the same supplier at your online store, it could even be the same owner! It takes nothing to create a website and only a fee to get their website to the top of the search engine list (called SEO = search engine optimization). Just because it’s the first hit on Google Search results, doesn’t necessarily mean they are legitimate.
Opinions and reviews, similarly, could be written by ghost reviewers who work for that online company. In fact, dummy review sites for perfumes are often set up by the store themselves. We are talking about people who make a living faking. And finally, if you can’t really afford it, consider not faking it yourself and call it the day. Don’t give business to knockoffs. It’s better to feel clean and refresh with an authentic bar of Ivory or Dove soap.
Good Luck and trust your nose! If it’s turning itself up at an online purchase, it’s probably FAKE!
Also a reminder:
“Testers” don’t look as fancy, but they contain the same perfume, if you decide to buy those. Also, consider buying in bulk…3.4 Oz may save you more. If you buy authentic, one spray before you leave your home could last you an entire day.
The concentrations are as follows:
Eau de Toilette EDT contains 4 – 10% perfume oil
Eau de Parfum EDP contains 8 – 15% perfume oil
PARFUM or Perfume contains 15 – 25%
Perfume oil 15-30% perfume oil in an oil rather than alcohol base)
We girls have a running joke at the organization. People online would often ask us "what do I need to become a Stepford Wife?"
The answer: "A uterus."
This answer is based on the alarming number of transsexuals or crossdressers or whatever deviant groups out there, who associate themselves with our website, life’s work, and philosophy. We honestly don’t know what the attraction is, but we do know what a Stepford Wife is most undeniably NOT.
Again, we like to remind casual web visitors that we are not against people living their lives in a peaceful way that does not endanger any innocent families. Live and Let Live, as we say. But to explain why a person who is NOT a woman can never be a Stepford Wife is a bit more complicated.
My husband Charles is a hobbyist musician, and he’s fond of telling an anecdote about the Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar, a musician many of the proponents of the "British Invasion" idolized. The Beatles was one of them.
When Ravi Shankar decided to schedule a clinic on the musical aspects of sitar performance. All the hippies descended on the event, thinking they were going to participate in a hip "happening," do illegal substances, listen to some ‘way out’ music, and go on some ‘trip.’
Well, within 5 minutes of the lecture beginning, half of the hall cleared out. Shankar went into detail about the complex musical theory involved in performing Indian folk music. By the tenth minute there was only a handful of actual musicians left.
The moral of the story is this: Shankar’s presentation was geared towards musicians. Casual, passive consumers of his music have neither anything to contribute or derive from the lecture. They are not speaking the same language.
That’s how we feel about the Stepford Wives Organization. Sure, we mention clothing, and surrendering ourselves to our husbands. That’s all fine and well. But what happens when we converse about nature’s cycles, birth topics, the development of Lamaze and other options? They are issues only a biological woman can be concerned about and converse on.
The core of the Stepford idea is a biological woman procreating the family unit, with the husband as the head of the household. One has to have these basic "tools" to belong.