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Housewife[]

Housewife or suburban housewife, commonly referred to as Su-Barbie-A, after the title track, was inspired by the 1975 movie "The Stepford Wives" which Marina samples in Su-Barbie-A:

"If you're going to tell me you don't like this dress. I'm sticking my head right in the oven!"

In this particular scene, the protagonist, Joanna, is shocked to discover that her once Liberal friend, Bobby, has been replaced by a Stepford Wife, and now exhibits the same conservative and vapid behaviour as all the other women in the town. The Stepford Wives is based on a book following Joanna Eberhart, a photographer and young mother who suspects the submissive housewives in her new idyllic Connecticut neighbourhood may be robots created by their husbands.

The term "Stepford wife" entered common use in the English language after the publication of Levin's book and it is generally used as a supposed derogatory term which refers to a submissive and docile wife who seems to conform blindly to the stereotype of an old-fashioned subservient role in relationship to her husband. In addition, it is a woman who fits into a societal role of a suburban mother who is robotic and on anti-depressants*. She appears perfect, void of any negative emotions, and has a keen ability to fit in.

Valley of the Dolls (1967)

Valley of the Dolls (1967)

Casper Balslev (27 Oct 2011) 8-001 (B&W)

The Archetypes shoot (2011)

This is mirrored with the sample of "I Feel Fantastic" a robotic voice monotonously repeating "I feel fantastic, hey hey hey!" and the plot of "Valley of the Dolls".

Valley of the Dolls, a 1966 book, follows three women struggling to forge careers in the entertainment industry, each of them descending into barbiturate addiction - "dolls" being a slang term for depressant pills or "downers". They become fast friends, sharing the bonds of ambition and the tendency to fall in love with the wrong men. At the end of the book the main character finally admits to herself that her husband will never stop having affairs, and assures herself that she will eventually fall out of love and become numb to all of her pain before reaching for her "dolls" again.

Marina has specifically stated that the visuals were inspired by the 1967 film,[1] which is set in the mid-to-late 1960s, with the events unfolding over the course of a few years, unlike the book which begins in 1945 and develops throughout two decades.

In reference to her Tumblr selfie captioned, Suburbia: Dollywood, Marina said:

Tumblr (28 Sept 2011) 1-001

Suburbia: Dollywood

Casper Balslev (27 Oct 2011) 3-004

E.V.O.L Music Video

this is a parody of normality, I look like I'm about to murder someone - which is at odds with the housewife pose. It's very embedded in American culture, that image of the 1950s housewife, where everything was perfect. It's portrayed as a real boom time, that generation. But I want to know the truth… What is the truth of that woman's life? A lot of women were looking out with resentment and thinking, 'Why can't I work?' and, 'Why do I have to stay at home?' Suburbia seems very polished, but underneath you never know what's going on. I like the dark things. The underside.[2]

This original pose was mirrored in a short clip Marina shot and put into EVOL's music video, along with her looking upset, with a suitcase walking alongside the road.

Su-Barbie-A is the only song without a single (or free download) attached to it, although it is the only one to have it's own "home video" dedicated to the archetype, and was the second archetype to appear on the Tumblr.

Songs[]

Gallery[]

  1. Marriage is a dinner that begins with dessert.
  2. Baby one more time.
  3. Su-Barbie-A video.
  4. E.V.O.L video (On set of Housewife shoot).
  5. I love my Hose.
  6. My Husband said it was me or the cat. I miss him sometimes. (Untagged, however, on set of Housewife shoot).
  7. Unused. (On set of Housewife shoot)
  8. Wifestyle.
  9. Valley of the Trolls.
  10. E.V.O.L video. (On set of Housewife shoot).
  11. Clone sweet Clone. (Same caption is used on Homewrecker photo).
  12. The Camera Always Lies. (Untagged, however, in between two other Housewife photos).
  13. Mother's Ruined.
  14. Unused. (On set of Housewife shoot)

  1. Electra Heart Complex.
  2. Real Fake.
  3. Bun in the oven.
  4. Su-Barbie-A II.
  5. It's a bitch eat bitch world.
  6. As American as a fly shitting on Apple Pie.
  7. Dollywood.
  8. Su-Barbie-A.
  9. Sew over it.
  10. MarryKiri.
  11. Moping mechanisms II.

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