- blandly conformist and submissivea Stepford employee
- Stepford wife a married woman who submits to her husband's will and is preoccupied by domestic concerns and her own personal appearance
C20: from The Stepford Wives (1972), a book by US writer Ira Levin which depicted a neighbourhood in which men turn their wives into placid and obedient robots
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Many found this to echo a Stepford Wife mentality of women: Women like stories and language, not impersonal, cold, manly numbers!Girls Love Science. We Tell Them Not To.
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(Netflix, June 1) The Stepford Wives (2004) This so-bad-it's-good Stepford Wives remake is well worth a revisit.
It's hard to say what's more terrifying—the soulless army of Stepford wives or the dead-eyed Nicole Kidman.
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The Stepford Husbands triumph in the novel, but deep down they know that history will not favor them.