The Stepford Wives

The Stepford Wives
By Ira Levin

I don’t often hear The Stepford Wives discussed as an SF novel, which is strange. The nerds of Stepford have whipped up next-gen sexbots (a.k.a. “toys for needy children”) in their local research park, and while the nuts and bolts of just how these sexy helpmeets work isn’t gone into in any detail, they are clearly products of Silicon Valley and the RAND Corporation as much as Madison Ave.

What I was most struck by in returning to this book today is how well it holds up. As Dave Chappelle puts it in one of his stand-up routines, a woman only has to know four ways to please a man: “suck his dick, play with his balls, make him a sandwich, and don’t talk so much.” To this we might add keeping the house immaculate. Having fulfilled their reproductive duty, the real wives of Stepford are expendable. And the husbands, watching their porno films at the Men’s Association, know exactly what they want in terms of an upgrade/replacement.

A satire? Yes, but one without any laughs because it’s a totally heartless vision of relationships that hits far too close to home. And, in the twenty-first century with all our anxiety over robots and AIs taking our jobs, hitting closer every day.

7 thoughts on “The Stepford Wives

      1. There’s a lot of variety in frozen and delivery. But on average I think most delivery is better than most frozen. But of course frozen is way cheaper. All the homemade I’ve had is best, but then it’s always been made by people who really know how to make pizza (not me).

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      2. I have found, in my extensive foray into the world if haught cuisine, that Red Baron thin crust frozen pizzas work the best of non-homemade pizzas for me.

        Homemade pizza is easy. Even I can’t mess it up 😀

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      3. Hm. I looked it up. Never seen Red Baron in any stores around here. Most frozen pizza I find has a cardboard crust. The main brands are McCain’s, Delissio, and Dr. Oetker.

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