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2009-03-09 03:59:57 PM  
Well it sure isn't the Vatican itself.
 
2009-03-09 04:03:14 PM  
All this freedom gives women more time to make sammiches, fetch beer, and keep their whore mouths shut.
 
2009-03-09 04:07:16 PM  
Oh, for the days when the wimmins were beating their clothes on a rock on a riverbank.

Hawt!
 
2009-03-09 04:11:34 PM  
The last Pope was so much cooler :(
 
2009-03-09 04:13:53 PM  
I was reading something recently about the economic impact of labor-saving inventions over the past 150 years or so. But what kept occurring to me is that we've gone from 12 hours of work to 8 hours of work and 4 hours of screwing around, mostly. It's not like we're working efficiently in our off time.

Vatican Sybian: Kneel down to the PEWWWWWW. Wash with soapy water.
 
2009-03-09 04:23:21 PM  

CrankMyBlueSax: All this freedom gives women more time to make sammiches, fetch beer, and keep their whore mouths shut.


If I recall my college Modern American History correctly, after the inventions of the vaccum cleaner, washer and dryer, and other electric household appliances, women ended up spending more time on household chores.

Until the Sybian, of course.
 
2009-03-09 04:29:27 PM  
...because no one knows women better than the Catholic Church.
 
2009-03-09 04:31:27 PM  

I_C_Weener: CrankMyBlueSax: All this freedom gives women more time to make sammiches, fetch beer, and keep their whore mouths shut.

If I recall my college Modern American History correctly, after the inventions of the vaccum cleaner, washer and dryer, and other electric household appliances, women ended up spending more time on household chores.

Until the Sybian, of course.


And the computer was intended to attenuate complexity. Instead, it proliferated complexity.
 
2009-03-09 04:41:48 PM  
Tell me subby, why does your mom always sit on the washing machine while she folds your clothes?

/There's a reason for everything......
 
2009-03-09 04:50:38 PM  
As far as household labor goes, yeah, the washing machine is huge.

On the other hand, people used to be okay with bathing once a week and washing/changing clothes once a week (you wore an apron or smock while doing things like cooking or cleaning that were likely to mess up your clothes). People stank more than now, just due to the BO, but it was normal, so no one really cared.

The family on the original "1900 House" (BBC show) complained about the bathing thing, one of the hardships was that they had to go to work and school while living the period life, so they had the technology of 1900 but modern expectations of hygiene, the worst case combination.
 
2009-03-09 04:51:59 PM  
The Rabbit
 
2009-03-09 05:01:11 PM  
The most liberating invention for women was the birth control pill.

Typical of celibate men and women to miss that point.
 
2009-03-09 05:07:04 PM  
The thing that really bugs me about this sort of statement is what you must assume to make such a statement.

First - for washing machines to be liberating for women you must assume that women are obligated to do the laundry, which reinforces the sexist stereotype propogated by western societies that domestic work is for women (even if historically this has been the case, there is nothing about domestic work that precludes male involvement).

Second - To say that a machine that makes this chore easier is the most liberating invention to happen to women is insulting. It belittles all the other vastly superior achievements for women's rights and liberation that have occurred in the past 100 years by making them less significant than a farking machine that makes domestic housework easier.

Seriously. WTF?
 
2009-03-09 05:11:21 PM  
What this thread needs:

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2009-03-09 05:14:45 PM  
The most liberating invention for women world wide, is atheism.
 
2009-03-09 05:17:09 PM  
The answer is the Pill you farking idiots.
 
2009-03-09 05:22:44 PM  
Suffrage?

I know, not an invention. Still a lot more liberating that a stupid appliance. Grow up, Vatican.
 
2009-03-09 05:40:42 PM  

TommyymmoT: The most liberating invention for women world wide, is atheism.


You win, good day sir!
 
2009-03-09 05:45:47 PM  
I thought it would be light beer.
 
2009-03-09 05:48:35 PM  
This reminds me of an old Polish joke having to deal with kotex.
 
2009-03-09 05:53:30 PM  

Talon: The thing that really bugs me about this sort of statement is what you must assume to make such a statement.

First - for washing machines to be liberating for women you must assume that women are obligated to do the laundry, which reinforces the sexist stereotype propogated by western societies that domestic work is for women (even if historically this has been the case, there is nothing about domestic work that precludes male involvement).

Second - To say that a machine that makes this chore easier is the most liberating invention to happen to women is insulting. It belittles all the other vastly superior achievements for women's rights and liberation that have occurred in the past 100 years by making them less significant than a farking machine that makes domestic housework easier.

Seriously. WTF?


You sound fat.
 
2009-03-09 06:00:05 PM  
The washing machine? Why stop there, how about the microwave!!
 
2009-03-09 06:00:39 PM  
"You sound fat."

That's gold man.
 
2009-03-09 06:02:51 PM  
where's the love for the eroscillator? It's Flabbergasmic!
 
2009-03-09 06:02:55 PM  

CrankMyBlueSax: You sound fat.


I couldn't put my finger on it, but I think you nailed it.
 
2009-03-09 06:02:56 PM  
If a woman is hot enough, she can find a man willing to do her laundry for her.
 
2009-03-09 06:03:03 PM  
itazurakko: The family on the original "1900 House" (BBC show) complained about the bathing thing, one of the hardships was that they had to go to work and school while living the period life, so they had the technology of 1900 but modern expectations of hygiene, the worst case combination.
================================

Was deodorant and aftershave banned too? Surely, they could have burned some incense in their house or crushed some nice peppermint leaves and shoved them in their pockets.
 
2009-03-09 06:03:13 PM  
They forgot about the electric iron. Medium starch please.
 
2009-03-09 06:03:50 PM  
Thanks for the entertainment Vatican! This will end very well.

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2009-03-09 06:03:50 PM  
Has anyone said the wire coathanger yet?
 
2009-03-09 06:04:06 PM  
Conspiciously absent as well...

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2009-03-09 06:04:12 PM  

AirForceVet: The most liberating invention for women was the birth control pill.


Tigger: The answer is the Pill you farking idiots.


Bingo. I remember an episode of Bill Maher's old show (forget what it was called) where he had a number of actresses on with the inventor of the birth control pill. They started seriously joshing the scientist for one reason or another, and Bill (in a moment of sanity) stopped them, saying (paraphrased): "What are you, idiots? You should be kissing this guy's feet for what he's done for you!"
 
2009-03-09 06:04:31 PM  
Guess I'm stupid. WTF's a "Sybian"?

No, I'm not Googling it.
 
2009-03-09 06:04:49 PM  

littlett's: The washing machine? Why stop there, how about the microwave!!


I don't have a microwave, but I do have a clock that occasionally cooks shiat.
 
2009-03-09 06:04:56 PM  
See, it's shiat like this that makes people leave the Catholic Church.
 
2009-03-09 06:05:11 PM  

theoriginalslash: Guess I'm stupid. WTF's a "Sybian"?

No, I'm not Googling it.


Go ahead, do yourself a favor.
 
2009-03-09 06:05:46 PM  
Strange, I thought the most liberating invention for women was the video camera, a box of lube, and a mop handle. That's what my mom told me, at least.
 
2009-03-09 06:05:55 PM  
The electric stove and teflon coated cookware deserve mention as well.
 
2009-03-09 06:06:33 PM  
Of course they can only be liberated by something invented by a man. I'm going back to sleep. Wake me when this pope says something that is actually thought provoking.

/zzz
 
2009-03-09 06:06:54 PM  

Jeffrey.Rodriguez: theoriginalslash: Guess I'm stupid. WTF's a "Sybian"?

No, I'm not Googling it.

Go ahead, do yourself a favor.


It'll be worth it in a NSFWish way.
 
2009-03-09 06:07:25 PM  
Does the Vatican even read history?

Um, back in the olden days, you did one of 3 things regarding laundry.
1. If you were poor. You were lucky if you had 2 sets of clothes. 1 for church the other for everyday.

2. The local Chinese Laundry place.

3. If you had the cash, servants.

Call me crazy, but I would lean toward birth control and voting as the most liberating.
 
2009-03-09 06:08:13 PM  

Bring Back Pluto: Of course they can only be liberated by something invented by a man. I'm going back to sleep. Wake me when this pope says something that is actually thought provoking.

/zzz


That'll be a long nap, Rip van Winkle.
 
2009-03-09 06:08:42 PM  

Nocens: The electric stove and teflon coated cookware deserve mention as well.


The dishwasher should make the list too.
 
2009-03-09 06:09:07 PM  

theoriginalslash: Guess I'm stupid. WTF's a "Sybian"?

No, I'm not Googling it.


do it.
 
2009-03-09 06:09:17 PM  
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/obvious
 
2009-03-09 06:09:21 PM  
Tequila
 
2009-03-09 06:09:25 PM  

theoriginalslash: Guess I'm stupid. WTF's a "Sybian"?


It's a sign that your relationship is in trouble.
 
2009-03-09 06:09:31 PM  

littlett's: The washing machine? Why stop there, how about the microwave!!


You can get off by sitting on a microwave?

Kinnnky. I like it. Sign here.
 
2009-03-09 06:10:53 PM  

thereadlines: theoriginalslash: Guess I'm stupid. WTF's a "Sybian"?

It's a sign that your relationship is in trouble.


Or a sign that it's headed in a wonderful wonderful direction. Just depends on whether or not you're a voyeur.

/ fif
 
2009-03-09 06:11:14 PM  
umm..it's birth control and family planning

Too bad they added this to their moral code, or list of Don't Do's. The so-called "morality" of religion is a list of absolute never do's but if you end up doing it, you can ask forgiveness from church representatives (who are dressed in costumes):

Don't lie
Don't murder
Don't use a condom or other prophylactics to prevent AIDS etc
Eat fish on Fridays
Give cash offerings to the church which hoards money
Pretend that going to church and socializing makes you a "moral" person
 
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