Would that Betty Draper had had an 'Ove' Glove!

Posted at 3:15 PM Apr 03, 2009

By Andrea Grimes

I often think it's the little things that make modern daily life worth living. Nostalgia would, of course, have it otherwise, insisting that a vague, non-specific past full of honesty and feeling and memory was better than the cold, empty and meaningless slog of modernity.

To which I say: impossible, since there's no way the 'Ove' Glove could have existed back in that magical, meaningful "day" everyone seems so enamored of.

Ah, feminism has brought us far, to be sure. With every new day, hordes of career-minded women--this one included--rise to face a new day of (at least perceived) equality. Goodbye, genuine domesticity! Hello, baking ironic cupcakes! Of course, it's not that simple, as one of the great things about feminism is its (at least perceived) mantra of making it okay for women to do whatever they want, whether that's cooking a hubby-approved pie or eschewing a husband in favor of a whole different kind o' pie-eating.

Typically, I am skeptical of those who claim to be pleased by hubby-approved pie-baking. But when I put on my 'Ove' Glove, I am transformed. I am Betty Draper, pre-nervous breakdown. I crave an emotionally distant Don and pot-roast nomming children. With 'Ove' Glove on my hand, I think, "Yes! Chocolate chip cookies are just as fulfilling as a meaningful writing career!"

Alright, alright, the hyperbole is getting to be a bit much. But when it comes to feeling a little bit domestic, the silly "As Seen On TV" 'Ove' Glove is just about heaven for ladies who, like me, didn't get the "maybe I shouldn't throw all my clothes on the ground and leave orange peels, Lean Cuisine wrappers and High Life cans all over the place" gene. The wearer of an 'Ove' Glove can just about stick her hand in a blazing fire for a half-hour and come out unscathed. And according to the website, the 'Ove' Glove "increases the time you can hold extreme hot pans." It's X-TREEM, people.

And oh, be still my heart: the 'Ove' Glove is machine washable.

Domestic Dolls, both current and aspiring, I suggest you invest in this wonderful technological advancement.


David said:

I'm sure something like the "Ove Glove" existed in the 60's - it was probably packed with asbestos.

That's right, give me the "good ole" asbestos days.

*cough, cough*

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