1.) Used to describe a servile, compliant, submissive, spineless wife who happily does her husband's bidding and serves his every whim dutifully.
2.) Can also be used to describe a wife who is cookie-cutter & bland in appearance and behavior. Subscribes to a popular look and dares not deviate from that look.
This term is borrowed from the fictional suburb of Stepford, Connecticut in Ira Levin's 1972 novel, The Stepford Wives, later made into movies (in 1975 and 2004). In the story, men of this seemingly ideal town have replaced their wives with attractive robotic dolls devoid of emotion or thought.
1.) She's such a stepford wife, I've seen her greet her husband at the door after work with a beer and a kiss 4 days in a row!
2.) I just got back from the pta meeting, I've never seen so many stepford wives.
2b.) The SNL skit "Mom Jeans" features women dressed to earn the SW distinction.
An adult male who still posesses psychological traits of a child. Traits include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- trying to pass the blame for their own underdeveloped judgement
- not "stepping up to the plate" when it's their role to.
- secretly still finds 3rd grade bathroom humor amusing.
- is able to connect with his children, but only as another child, not as a father.
- not to mention an overall insecurity in who he is as a man, from which similar traits sprout.
The manchild, if married, is often found married to Type A women (usually firstborn or only child in their own family) who reluctantly yet aptly take up the slack for the aforementioned manchild.
This manchild will often attempt to augment their lack and/or compete with peers with material posessions such as:
- Harley Davidson Softtail with $30 do-rag
- Hummer H2 or similar oversized fossil-fuel guzzling behemoth
- 6 seat felt poker table with matching humidor
- The very latest electronic gadgets (digital camera, GPS handheld, etc.) to impress peers with.
These examples reflect some of the psychological traits mentioned above, and some that aren't:
Ray from "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Doug from "King of Queens"
Dad from "Malcolm in the Middle"
George Costanza from "Seinfeld"
Al from "Married with Children"
A suburban community/town with little to no major employment center(s) to call its own. People only seem to sleep there when they're not working 80 Hrs./wk closer in to the city where the jobs are. The only commercial space is retail & services for the residents (banks, groceries, malls, etc.) Residents often choose bedroom communities because of affordablility relative to living closer to the city, lower perceived crime, and schools with students that look just like their kids.
This commute's killin' me, but I can only afford a house in this bedroom community.
A man who goes to great lengths to avoid risk, embarassment, or exposure. i.e., if the belt should break, the suspenders will keep his pants on. Not quite paranoid, but on his way there. Can also be said of a man with something to hide. (or less than something as the case may be)
Lars, a real belt-and-suspenders man, saves every single email he sends and receives and archives them to CD, claiming "you just can't be too careful".
Any musak heard in a laundromat in the 1970's. Experience is perfected by the presence of avacado green dryers, burnt umber washing machines, wallpaper with orange asterisks, contact paper on the countertops festooned with olive drab polka-dotted mushrooms, and Family Circle magazines in the seating area.
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
Any "seeker sensitive" church that seeks to draw in new members by focusing more on entertainment of the members, rather than transforming their lives. Similar to megachurch but much more derogratory, the McChurch features un-challenging milktoast theology for the masses, a music team that resembles a corporate band more than a committed team of talented church members, and sanitized "christian" versions of cafe's, fitness centers, and food courts so as to further line the church's pockets and insulate the members from the outside world. Such churches generally cater to caucasian, middle class, suburban families who are able to drive for miles to the nearly rural locations of these 4 acre campuses.
Geez, have you been to that new McChurch up on freeway yet? I've never seen more FUV's and PT Cruisers since that last Jimmy Buffett concert.