“The beautiful woman, cooking with power tools, is a vaporous role model. Her occult powers—the ability to stop time, to do everything, and to look good while doing it—are terrifying and alluring. She does not wear safety goggles. She does not need to.”
from “Instructions for Everyday Life: Pornographies of Comfort and Instruments of Hope in Homecraft Magazines, 1945-2006,” a paper I wrote in 2008. One in a series of curious research projects I undertook during college.