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A Wife Is Many Women, by Doris Fleischman Bernays

- Abstract

In this book, which is only superficially about women but more specifically about the irritations endemic to our culture, Mrs. Bernays, niece by marriage of Sigmund Freud, wife and business partner of publicist Edward L. Bernays, and mother of two married daughters, casts a critical eye on the overly complicated mechanics of life in a technological society. Many of her suggestions for simplifying life excite admiration: “Kitchens might be hosed from top to bottom, the water running out through a floor drain. . . . Why not vermin-proof all equipment, remove dust automatically? Light interrupters would permit us modestly to keep shades up and let summer breezes in.” Damn the expense! These are all wonderful ideas.

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