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Furniture assembly instructions - a new feminist issue?

by Paul C / March 18, 2005 8:57 AM PST
They apparently are in Norway:

Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA is guilty of sex discrimination by showing only men putting together furniture in its instruction manuals, Norway's prime minister says.

IKEA, which has more than 200 stores in 32 nations, fears it might offend Muslims by depicting women assembling everything from cupboards to beds. Its manuals show only men or cartoon figures whose sex is unclear.

"This isn't good enough," Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik was quoted Thursday as telling the daily Verdens Gang. "It's important to promote attitudes for sexual equality, not least in Muslim nations."

"They should change this," he said. "There's no justification for it."


Huh?

On second thought, maybe the Prime Minister has a point. Given the number of men who furnish their first post-divorce living spaces with IKEA furniture, maybe (skimpily dressed) women should be pictured in the instructions...although I rather doubt that'd help among the Muslims. Devil
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there comeing here to ga
by Mark5019 / March 18, 2005 8:58 AM PST

i canr wait

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I've put lots of furniture together
by Diana Forum moderator / March 18, 2005 10:43 AM PST

I don't remember any of the instructions showing anyone putting the furniture together. It just showed attaching board A to B in the first frame; attaching those two boards to board C in the second frame; and an explosion of all the rest of the boards in the third frame.

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Me, too. And a guy here has an interesting business.
by Angeline Booher / March 18, 2005 11:34 PM PST

I have several "put-together" pieces, as well, and the instructions were only drawings.

Once I did cheat. A large computer desk was just too heavy for me to handle alone. (That stuff weighs TONS!). There is a fellow here who has a business in which he will put together that furniture, swing sets, etc. He carries with him a case with all sorts of spare parts and screws, just in the event one is missing.

Angeline


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(NT) (NT) and you know what they say men dont read directions:)
by Mark5019 / March 18, 2005 11:36 PM PST
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This guy probably has all those spare parts ...
by Evie / March 19, 2005 2:39 AM PST

... left over from his previous assemblies Devil

Evie Happy

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{chuckle!}
by Angeline Booher / March 19, 2005 2:58 AM PST
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I think that's a great idea ...
by Evie / March 19, 2005 3:00 AM PST
In reply to: {chuckle!}

... and also solves another problem. You can buy a grill at Home Depot that is assembled ... only then you need a vehicle or friend with one big enough to get it home. This guy putting it together on the deck sounds like a much better option!

Evie Happy

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(NT) (NT) hmm preasemled decks here i go :)
by Mark5019 / March 19, 2005 3:04 AM PST
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When you rent an apartment in Germany,...
by Paul C / March 19, 2005 9:28 AM PST

...it usually comes without a couple things we take for granted here in the States, namely kitchen cabinets and closets. When we moved there in 1984, we had to buy all this stuff, assemble it and install it. AIR, there were instructions (in German, of course) with (very legible) illustrations - actually pictures of the assembly process. In fact, the pictures alone would have sufficed for me.

Everything went well - up to a point. The kitchen cabinets that hung on the walls actually hung and stayed hung (and were even level!). One of the bedroom closet units, however, was too tall for the sloping ceiling of the room we needed to install it in.

A German neighbor came to the rescue. He'd been there, done that, and knew exactly how to remove 3 centimeters (a little over an inch) from the base of this thing so that it fit properly in the space we had.

The good news: $1,200 in unreimbursed (and therefore tax deductible) moving expenses and the fact that I managed to use this stuff for 3 years and get $500 for it when we moved to Utah.

Ah, the joys of military service...

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This is just an interesting aside, but the founder of IKEA
by Ziks511 / March 20, 2005 12:45 AM PST

was the leading proponent of Nazi-ism in Sweden during the 30's and 40's. I think he shut up about it after 1945, but I may be wrong. You'd think the guy offering cheap furnishings delivered to your home would have been some kind of real socialist instead of the National-Socialist kind.

Rob Boyter

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Maybe sort gf like....
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