The heading on this one from a 1949 Improvement Era just made me laugh — can you twist your mind far enough to imagine your EQP, or any other man in your ward, responding to the bishop’s call this way?
Wow. I’m having a hard time visualizing either of my grandfathers ever doing a single dish. They must have both known how to run a dishwasher, but I’m really drawing a blank. Why would doing dishes have been a gender specific chore? It’s not like they had to head out to the barn to feed the animals!
Comment by Researcher — November 20, 2008 @ 10:24 am
I thought it was the “grab my hat” part that nobody would say anymore.
Washing the dinner dishes was always my dad’s job. A deal he worked out with my mom, while he was a student during the first seven years of their marriage. She’d fix dinner, they’d eat, he’d wash the dishes and go study, undisturbed, for six hours.
Except for the six hours’ study, it’s still that way, 59 years later. (Which, if you do the arithmetic, takes you back to 1949, the year this ad was published.)
Your parents had a better division of labor than mine, I think, Mark. Sometimes when my father would call on my mother to say the blessing, she would retort, “I shopped for it. I cooked it. I served it. I’ll be cleaning up after it. Now you want me to bless it, too?”
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 20, 2008 @ 11:00 am
I do the cooking and the dishes at our house, with some help from the kids. But it is still her kitchen. Go figure.
I just showed this to my wife and she had this thought: maybe the picture of the man on the phone is the bishop, and the statement about washing the dishes is still a woman? Nowhere in the text does it refer to a man washing the dishes, and the ad is probably directed at the women.
Hah! Sexism raises its ugly head again. I’ll have you know that I do all the dishwashing in our house. There was a period of time when Sandra used to get a bit miffed when I’d tell her that the dishes in the dishwasher were clean, because she thought I was hinting that she should unload them. I had to explain to her (a few times, before she believed me) that what I was really saying was, “Please don’t put any dirty items in there, because what’s in there is already clean.” ..bruce..
I can’t get over the visual of the dishes looking like they’ve been dumped into the dishwasher without any order or separation. I just can’t picture my wife letting me even touch the dishwasher if I tried to “stack ’em” like that picture.