Vatican: Washing Machine Liberated Women

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Vatican: Washing Machine Liberated Women
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Thu, 04-02-2009 - 1:23pm

This is a few weeks old, but I've been meaning to post it here... finally doing it...

:: As International Women’s Day is celebrated, the Vatican had a novel message for the women of the world: give thanks for the washing machine. This humble domestic appliance had done more for the women’s liberation movement than the contraceptive pill or working outside the home, said the the official Vatican newspaper, Osservatore Romano. ::

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/vatican-the-washing-machine-liberated-women-1640134.html

This is quite hilarious to me, because I often feel that I am enslaved to my washing machine, rather than the other way around.

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Thu, 04-02-2009 - 1:46pm
Well in that case the flip fold has further liberated me....to get more housework done. I am chalking this up to classic male not thinking before talking. Like my dh telling me while I was in labor that his back hurts too.
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Thu, 04-02-2009 - 1:48pm
Are you serious? I'll kick my husband in the 'nads if he says anything like that to me while I'm in labor.

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Thu, 04-02-2009 - 1:56pm
I couldn't stay mad at him. He only had 2 hrs at most of sleep before I woke him up to go to the hospital. I was in labor for 13 hrs before he made the comment, he hadn't had any sleep yet, he got enough teasing about it from my mom, mil, and my sister who where all in the room. He realized pretty quick what he said, so I forgave him.
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O Lord Lead me from the unreal to the real.
Lead me from the darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality.
May there be peace, peace, and perfect peace.
Brihadaranyaka Upanishads (1.3.28)
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Thu, 04-02-2009 - 2:22pm

Well, I do remember growing up we had a wringer washer. You had to wash the clothes then put them through the ringer. Then empty the machine, and put in rinse water, put clothes through a rinse cycle and then put the clothes through a wringer again to get out all the water- also sort of pressed the wet clothes. It was an automatic washer and apparently better than what was done before- but it took a whole lot of time and effort to use. And it was dangerous. I didn't listen to my mom and I got my hand caught in the wringer- not fun.


So the machines today are better in that you just throw them in and you can go. But I still feel like I am a slave to the laundry monster. I have a house of 6 people and could do

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Registered: 04-18-2006
Thu, 04-02-2009 - 2:51pm

>>>I think that true freedom comes when your dh and your children learn how to wash, fold and PUT AWAY their own laundry.>>>

Can I get an Amen!

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"Reality has a well known liberal bias" - Stephan Colbert

O Lord Lead me from the unreal to the real.
Lead me from the darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality.
May there be peace, peace, and perfect peace.
Brihadaranyaka Upanishads (1.3.28)
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Thu, 04-02-2009 - 5:13pm

Mine had his pants rip while I was in labor. And, so, forget that I'm writhing in pain - now we have a REAL emergency! Oh no, what to do?

Luckily the folks at the hospital loaned him a pair of scrubs. But seriously - I was supposed to stop worrying over that silly labor and figure out how to deal with the big problem of his pants!

Oy. Such a dork sometimes.

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Registered: 09-14-1997
Thu, 04-02-2009 - 9:59pm

I have used a washboard. I have used a wring dryer.


I don't often agree with the Vatican, but I do agree with this.


I can put my laundry in the washer and do something else until it is done.


Okay, my husband does the laundry....but still...the concept is the same.


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Thu, 04-02-2009 - 11:40pm
LOL, my ex discovered my nurse (male) was a skydiver.
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Fri, 04-03-2009 - 8:21am

<Like my dh telling me while I was in labor that his back hurts too. >


LMFAO!


Would you like to borrow my frying pan to smack him over the head with? It's very sturdy ;o)


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Fri, 04-03-2009 - 9:11am

I was just talking about this subject with my dad a couple of weeks ago


He remembered when my mom did laundry with a couple of tubs and a wringer. It was very labor intensive. On top of that she had up to three kids in diapers

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