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Space Age Suds: women, washing machines and the astronautics of everyday life

17 Mar 2019, 00:39 UTC
Space Age Suds: women, washing machines and the astronautics of everyday life
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'Space Age Suds' is a charming and slightly alarming little vignette which is about the seeping of the Space Age into domestic life, machines and technology and how they structure social relationships, and gender roles in the Space Age. It's meant to be humorous, of course, but there is so much going on here!The author isn't just anyone - it's beloved South Australian writer and journalist Max Fatchen. I found the article on Trove and now can't relocate it, but it seems likely it was published in the Advertiser, Adelaide's daily broadsheet. The date is a bit uncertain but it's clearly Apollo era.I like that the Space Age reverses gender roles and that by the analogy of the washing machine with the space capsule, the wife is accorded the power of technology. After some searching I was able to find her first name but not her original surname, so we will have to call her Jean Fatchen here.Because the image is a little fuzzy, here is the text.Space Age Suds: the scriptSo the Russians are developing a low-orbital bomb. Well, it's just one more complicated space-age development, like our washing machine.Our washing machine has a shape like a capsule and ...

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