Linkara Riffs: A Word to the Wives

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  • ManicWebb
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    I spent a majority of this video wondering where the hell I knew the actor who played George. Then you made the "Fragile" reference and it hit me like a ton of bricks: he's the dad from A Christmas Story.
  • SpeedyEric
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    Good thing I wasn't the only one who noticed that.
  • Undertaker91
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    haha good one Linkara, that was fun. i always enjoy a good riff. you should do more of these once in a while
  • armagod679
    Saw this a few days ago on your blog. Hilarious stuff, if incredibly sexist. When I was a kid, my dad did most of the cooking since he got home before my mom, and my brothers were expected to know how to cook and run a kitchen just as well as my sister and I. Remember, kids, it's not just women who can be discriminated against!
  • gak29
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    The good kitchen is totes the kitchen set from Bewitched. I half expected Endora to show up and turn Durwood into a dog.
  • Fangheart
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    "durrr, why can't I pull this cupboard that I'm leaning my arm against open?" funny stuff Linkara, love to see more of these.
  • BoomKrakatoa
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    Really, though. It shouldn't take a hammer to open your damned cupboard. Nice stuff! It'd be cool to see some more of this in the near future.
  • Flaregun
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    You know, I think this might actually be more demeaningly sexist towards men than women, and it is *really* sexist towards women.

    What the hell is a gas powered garbage disposal?
  • Larie
    Laughing so hard. I never knew you were this good at riffing these old informercials.
  • Airanuva  - So much gas...
    They used gas as a prefix for so many of the products... Now I'm not surprised by the daredevil vapora comic, the people at the time must've just come to the logical conclusion that gas is magic. They sure as hell don't understand it with the number of times it's thrown around, so it qualifies for clarke's law.
  • Cheshire Kitten
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    The voice you did for the dad was hilarious. You should do more of these, this was pretty great!
  • SLagonia
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    "Hey, here's a crazy idea... Move your arm, dumbass!"

    Cracked me up.
  • Unit112358  - I bake a lot
    "Who looks at their kitchen and says I need an automatic flour dispenser?"
    *raises hand*
  • Arigomi
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    I bake too but I would not use it. Relying on gravity to dump flour into a bowl would create big clouds of flour in the air, resulting in a very big mess. It doesn't even save time because you would still need a measuring cup or kitchen scale to get the right amount.

    I'm surprised nobody mentioned how rude George was being in that scene. It isn't his home yet he decides it is okay to go rifling through the cupboards without asking permission.
  • armagod679
    Let alone that flour is extremely flammable and with all the gas appliances around, it would probably blow up the entire kitchen.
  • Galaxia
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    Wow...an old-fashioned PSA like this could only be properly handled by you, good sir. Dear God...every time you spoke in the dad's voice and made comments about murdering the son...I don't even know how to describe it.

    Though I will say, there were quite a few spots where the silence (from your end) was a bit jarring. Not that I think you need to be talking over the video the entire time, but perhaps add in a little more in any possible future endeavors? ^^;
  • Warp
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    Who said that these old PSA's were only sexist against women? The depiction of that man was rather... stereotypical, to say the least.
  • Cheshire Kitten
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    This was just offensive to people in general.
  • naomiwashburn
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    Trying to watch this, quietly, in the middle of the night, when everyone else is asleep, was a huge challenge. I tip my hat to you, sir. This video was amazing. You get extra points for the Buffy reference, and for general awesomeness.
  • C-Puff
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    Never mind that my dad is the one obsessed with cooking right short? WTH 1960s?? Or is this 50s?
    Incidentally, everytime a short like this says that whoever the sponser is is 'waiting in the lobby' I always picture them in a booth above the theater this is being shown, staring down at the audience and fogging up the glass eagerly.
  • johannantoinette
    So much generation Xrs and Yrs snarkily commenting on a world they never will understand. What luxury such kitchen was and how much work you had to do in it.

    And you say "sexism" like its a bad thing. I'm sexist and a woman.
  • trepiechick
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    It is a bad thing. My dad was always the one that cooked and never let anyone else in the kitchen. Good male friends of mine love to cook and even went to culinary school. Another good male friend took care of his ex's child like it was his own, while she was out sleeping around. I doubt that'll change your sexist views towards men, but they're proof enough that men can have the same hobbies and interests as women and vice versa.
  • Strejdaking
    Then you are pathetic swine of a person.
  • Goat Boy
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    "My old man was one of the most feared cabinet fighters in Northern Indiana. In the heat of battle my father wove a tapestry of obscenities that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan."
  • Carteeg_Struve
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    God damn it. It is physically impossible to read that and not hear Jean Shepherd's voice.
  • Aardvark
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    Silly Linkara, thinks pancakes are made in the stove.
  • armagod679
    Where do you make your pancakes?
  • Bouncing Boy
    I make mine on the stove top, not in the oven like Linkara said.
  • Mousy Voice
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    Lol, who says sexism doesn't work both ways? I suppose the male equivalent of "Women in Refrigerators" should be "Men in Shoddy Kitchens."
  • TooMuchFreeTime
    People are saying this is sexist but I don't really see it. It just paints everyone in kind of a silly light. Some parts of it actually remind me of modern commercials, where they have to depict people as morons to make their products seem useful.

    Also I noticed that some of the problems they highlight aren't really touched on in the dream kitchen. Like how they do talk about the ice but not about how there is more room in the fridge they only visually imply that, giving the audience much more credit than other parts of the video.
  • Bloodrealm
    The problem is that it makes women seem like scheming cons, and men like total imbeciles.
  • OldAndNew
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    it's an infomercial; get used to it and enjoy the riff. if you're gonna pretend this is supposed to be realistic, then those women were right to scheme, because that guy WAS an imbecile, or a barely functioning alcoholic.
    also, i like how the brunette tells off the blond for being a Stepford Wife.
  • psycher7
    It's sexist because it assumes that a woman's responsibilities and interests are limited to domestic work. Ah, but they let the narrator woman play golf, so it's actually progressive, right?...Not really. Free time is a luxury available only to middle class wives with budgets that can bear the latest technology. If your breadwinner husband is blue-collar, you're still stuck as a combination servant/bedwarmer.
  • OldAndNew
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    in which case you'd be lucky to have a working dishwasher at all, let alone time for golf.
    and yeah, her playing golf WAS pretty darn progressive for its time. for the early 60s(or whenever this was made), they seemed like a fairly progressive couple in general actually, at least when compared to the Neanderthal and his blond trophywife.
  • soulalcatraz
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    Wow, with the title I expected this to be Man Telling Woman How To Behave, but it ended up being more like, "Durrr men in kitchens??? Comedy!"

    They moved to an entirely new house, just for a better kitchen? Have they never heard of remodeling?
  • Flaregun  - reply to soulalcatraz
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    Oh it's no accident that remodeling was not presented as an option, This short was very much a product of it's time, namely the biggest most explosive new-housing boom in American history, when Baby Boomers back from the war in a newly prosperous America were buying up houses faster than anyone could throw them up, and then upgrading from those quickly built, sometimes shoddy first homes as soon as a bigger, better model came along (The housing shortage in the immediate post-war years was so severe that on some of these house-remodeling cable shows, when they dig around the foundations of some of these quirky early post-war homes they find that sections were actually built from old railway cars.)

    This film wasn't a "PSA" as some here have called it, rather I suspect it was a promotional film shown at some sort of housing fair, where all different builders & real estate developers gathered & laid out tables with displays of their various housing developments. They had similar events around here a few years back right before the housing bubble burst, now we got a bunch of cul-de-sac roads leading to overgrown empty lots.
  • Tanaie  - ROFL
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    Oh sure, men can be scientists, professors, construction workers, and businessmen.

    But a man doing CHORES?! OH FUCK NO.

    Because certainly a MAN couldn't possibly handle the incredibly hard task of boiling rice.

    Oh gosh, I laughed so hard when he was looking in the fridge for ice, ripping everything out to find it.
    Yeah okay, obviously this guy has a problem.

    Oh gosh, this was so sexist. xD
  • Rue_Ryuzaki2
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    Hahaha. Ahh so apparently us males see the kitchen and household work as something alien.
  • Kirsten425  - Gotta love these old 50's PSAs!
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    The sexism is quite rampant throughout this one. Men can't operate in the kitchen or do laundry because they lack the boobs to do so. However, it really hasn't gotten better since then. Women are still cooking and taking care of the house on top of having careers. Ladies, we got this!
  • ladydiskette
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    "She wasn't sure about leaving George alone, but he told her they would be just fine..."


    Ten minutes later, the entire neighborhood is up in flames when the men tried to make toast.


    Two hours Linkara, that is giving the man an generous leeway.

    Something tells me this guy I knew had watched this in his youth (and it must have stuck with him) because he approached me one time at church and offered to pay me to houseclean their place while he was at work and his wife was out of town to visit a sick relative. Boy, the look on that wife's face full of shock and embarrassment, I couldn't say yes while she apoligized profusely for him.

    Let's just say that he was lucky he was in a church or else there would have been blood on the pavement. lol

    That is what this short reminded me of just now XD
  • Skyscraper
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    I have to admit I'm curious how ordinary it was for men to do kitchen-work BEFORE the 1950's. During the 1950's, when everybody competed to see who could adhere to the rigid rules of the nuclear family the most when they weren't trying to smile so brightly the glare would sear out the memory of World War 2's atrocities from their mind, I can buy that most men didn't do kitchen work.

    But before that? Did anyone care if a guy cooked in the 1940's, 1930's? Was it just what it was and always should have been, a generally useful skill to have no matter who you are and what was between your legs? Or is that attitude genuinely something that became a thing during/after the 70's?
  • OldAndNew
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    the whole idea does seem to have grown out of a post-war fad, doesn't it?
  • beamsabre
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    Grape jelly and mustard? Ewwwwww...
  • Bouncing Boy
    My wife says that grape jelly and mustard makes a surprisingly good barbeque-type sauce, especially when cooked with cut up hot dogs. I haven't had the courage to try it.
  • armagod679
    I suppose if you could get past the hot dogs, the sauce itself wouldn't be awful... I feel like it would need something else, though. Maybe some ground ginger to balance out the sweet with the spicy?
  • Dacilriel
    Was that seriously The Old Man from A Christmas Story? I just watched that tonight!

    "Daddy's gonna kill Jimmy!"
  • 3DMaster
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    So this was made during the late 40s? The 50s? They heyday of what feminism calls oppression of women by patriarchy?

    One wife gets to play golf during the day while she preens what her husband bought and slaved away for? A government film that tells women their husbands are idiots and buffoons, can't do anything alone and with just a little blatant manipulation he'll be handing you everything you want?

    You know, once more this shit proves to me, that the whole "patriarchy" is nothing but a feminist myth: it's bullshit, it doesn't exist, has never existed in our neck of the woods. It's a myth, and feminism is a religion a movement based upon hatred.
  • trepiechick
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    Yes, only people (men too) who hate want to stop domestic violence, promote safe-sex practices, and abolish unfair expectations and standards for everyone.
  • Linkara
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    There are established social orders for which the genders are supposed to ascribe to in the short and I doubt most real people were spending their free time golfing. It was an advertisement for new kitchens, so like any advertisement they're going to play up happy tranquility among all except the terrors of the kitchen (which actually is a perfectly fine kitchen by the looks of it - George is just an idiot).

    The women were expected to understand the nuances of cooking and maintaining a kitchen. She has no career outside of her domestic life and relies upon the income of her husband. This wasn't a government film, it was an advertising piece put out by a magazine. And it was only ONE short. Look up stuff like "A Date With Your Family" sometime to see an even more rigid environment sometime for how family roles are supposed to be played out.

    Also, shock of all shocks, feminism talks about patriarchal systems for HUNDREDS if not thousands of years, not just the 40s and 50s in America. History books deemphasize the roles and activities of female engineers, scientists, and other figures. Unequal pay wages, the depiction of women in comic books, the Bechdel test for movies, legislation dictating what is or isn't "real rape... need I go on?

    Please do not make such sweeping generalizations about movements like feminism, especially when you're hanging out in the section of a guy who actively promotes feminism and equality.
  • armagod679
    Have I mentioned today how awesome you are, Linkara?
  • Spacedin
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    Now we have the opposite problem. White Male=stupid. You'll never see a sitcom today without a whiny incompetent father that needs to be lead by hand through everything he does like a baby.
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