literally The Handwashingmaid’s Tale!


…The invention of the washing machine gave women back a vast amount of time. Free from the shackles of laundry, many women found themselves with enough time to enter the labour market.

By entering the labour market, the status of women in society began to change. Women could now make an independent living, meaning that they no longer had to rely on provision from men. This played a huge role in men and women being perceived as equals in society…


  1. DougM (speak three names)
    Posted August 21, 2019 at 11:20 pm |

    Good title

    Prog progress

    Yeah, let’s get back to the good ol’ days of manual drudgery and animal power

  2. Posted August 22, 2019 at 5:14 am |


  3. MikeAZ
    Posted August 22, 2019 at 7:05 am |

    Alright, I took the bait and watched the video.

    In one of the cabinets in my kitchen, I have what we call a “salad spinner.” Don’t know what the real name for it is, but that’s what it does. You wash your salad ingredients, put them in the slotted basket, put the basket in the bowl, put the top on, and turn the crank. The basket spins, centrifugal force takes the excess water through the slots into the outer bowl, and you have a (reasonably) dry salad.

    I also have a Spin Mop in my laundry room. Dip the mop into the bucket of cleaning solution, but it into the slotted bowl built into the bucket, pump the foot pedal a few times to spin the excess water out of the mop head, and go to town cleaning the tile floors.

    Then in the video I saw that the asking price for this “washing machine” was $100! I guarantee both my “appliances” together didn’t cost a quarter of what the “hand-powered washing machine” does.

  4. Drew458
    Posted August 22, 2019 at 10:19 am |

    Washboard and wringer, $25. Add your own bucket.

    Or wash a few items at a time in the sink, using a cake of soap and a scrub brush. Woolite. Costs almost nothing. Hang clothes over the shower rod to dry, or put them out on the clothesline.

    Or you could just buy disposable clothing at Old Navy. Wear it for a week then toss it.

    How about a couple of good rocks down by the stream for our country cousins? That worked for 10,000 years or so. Soap optional!

    It’s a good thing this ad showed some guy using the device, otherwise SEXISM !!!

  5. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted August 22, 2019 at 11:25 am |

    Tell her she can’t do that on Saturday – she has to split kindling and heat the hot water for the family’s once a week Saturday night baths. That’s an all day job for the Mrs. – oh… she’s a Mzzz?
    Well, we’ll just stink then while we put on our clean clothes, but we’ll save the planet and feel mighty righteous. Might even go to church and worship Gaia on Sunday.

  6. OldFert
    Posted August 22, 2019 at 3:31 pm |

    Coulda used something like that for use during extended field deployments in the Army.
    The “modern” Army seemed to have forgotten about Quartermaster Laundry service.

  7. Blake
    Posted August 22, 2019 at 5:00 pm |

    Probably invented by a white cis male to keep woMYN down!

    Being as I suffer from arthritis in both elbows, pounding metal into fixtures with hands so the parts can be welded, for 20 plus years, has a deleterious effect on joints, this looks like something that would have my elbows screaming for mercy in short order.

  8. Dave
    Posted August 22, 2019 at 5:44 pm |

    If it gives her more time to make me a sammich I’m all for it.

  9. DougM (speak three names)
    Posted August 22, 2019 at 5:58 pm |

    Wonder if y’can make ice cream with it

  10. Veeshir
    Posted August 22, 2019 at 6:06 pm |

    ^^Someone should invent an electrified sammich maker.
    Now that would be useful.

  11. Dave
    Posted August 22, 2019 at 6:18 pm |

    ^ She says she likes to make them old school.
    With love and a loogie.

  12. DougM (speak three names)
    Posted August 22, 2019 at 7:29 pm |

    ^ Like this?

  13. Posted August 23, 2019 at 4:34 pm |

    We had a much nicer one in the 1950s. It had a stainless steel tub on four metal legs, with a wringer hooked onto the tub. Mother would hand wash the clothes and a kid would wring them out. Usually, Liz and Kathy would take them outside and hang them on the clotheslines. A good time was had by all.

  14. Waepnedmann
    Posted August 25, 2019 at 1:41 am |

    Our of the perceived problems can be laced at the doorstep of the DNC.
    When LBJ was a junior congressman or aid (depends on whose story you read) he helped get the Rural Electrification Act passed.
    He did this as he remembered his dearly sainted mother having to haul water up out of the well by rope and bucket causing callouses on he hands which smarted when she knocked the bejeebers out of him when he asked her for money to give to their black neighbor.
    Since wimmens no longer had to spend time hauling wash water they had more leisure time.
    About this time televisions made their appearance. One of the early popular shows was “Queen for a Day”. Women won furcoats, caddillacs, and Maytag washing machines.
    The demise of Western Civilization was eminent. Women all across America compared their situations and surroundings with what they saw on their RCA magic box and men caught hell.
    It has been downhill ever since.