I found the story “Wives” by Lisa Tuttle to be a perfect example of the myth of continuity.  I immediately thought of consumerism and how all of the things that these wives are being made to wear (make up, clothing, skin tights etc.) are all items that are given to them to make them fit a specific looking genre of woman.  As a girl, I never really thought about why I wore make up or did things to “doll” myself up.  I suppose myself, and other women do it because it’s what has always been done; it’s what our mothers do, and what their mothers did.  It’s the myth of continuity.  All the women that we see on posters or in magazines set the standards so that companies can produce goods that we will use to make ourselves as close in comparison to those standards as possible.  The story is a perfect example of this considering that these wives (they’re not even women) are given things and told things by the men of earth to make them look like women.  They have things to make it look like they can attain the “proper double-breasted effect.”  When Doris and Susie are together in their “holy place” it is stated that “they forgot that they had ever been creatures known as wives.”  I think that this is a bold statement on Tuttle’s part in saying that women have completely forgotten what it is to just be person in humanity rather than this gender differentiated role.  We have developed into the standards of society where we continue to be what we’re “meant” to be when in actuality, we’ve fallen behind the curtain and we watch the men perform in the lives that we could have.

Acceptance of anything outside the social norm wasn’t really on a high point in this era.  Women were all pressured to look the same, act the same and be the same.  This applied to every group that was a minority and being controlled by society’s creation of culture.  At one point, Tuttle critiques this fear of deviation and tells the reader that natural is what you feel and nothing else.  “They both felt it was a holy place, and it seemed right to mate there.”  Relating it to the time it was written I would say that it is more about acceptance and that in a world of equality it wouldn’t matter if two women were together.  Relating it to now, I thought of the current debates over gay marriage.  I think that it’s purposeful that the author called the place holy.  I think that it says that, the part of love that is holy is not that it’s between a man and a woman, but that it’s there and pure.

Did you know that pantyhose were invented by a man?