How times have changed

I was flicking through the user manual for my 1981 Canon AE-1 Program. Some of the pages are illustrated with sketches of two characters–a man and a woman–having discussions. In every case, the “stupid” woman is confused, has made a mistake, or doesn’t know what to do.

Her hero, a dashing young man, always comes up with the answer.

What’s a woman to do?

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad that today’s user manuals have simple labelled diagrams and bulleted lists of instructions.

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