Paleo Retiree writes:
I often marvel at the way certain situations, characters and setups establish themselves so thoroughly that they become part of our shared cultural landscape. Think of how often we’ve watched shiny new cars zooming across the Great Salt Desert or winding their way down California’s Highway One, for instance. How weird that these particular images have become as familiar to all of us as they have.
From a poster that caught my eye on the subway the other day, here’s another example:
The woman-in-a-bubblebath-with-candles-by-her-side trope: Once you start noticing it, it’s everywhere — in ads, in TV shows, in chickflicks … Apparently this image has resonance of some kind. But why? Does it reflect anything in the way of reality? Or is it just an appealing fantasy? What’s the history of “the woman who relaxes in a bubbly bathtub with candles by her side” image anyway? Has it gained in popularity as more and more women have entered the workplace? (In other words: as women grow more overextended and more tired, do they dwell ever more on fantasies of relaxing?) Does the trope exist in other cultures? Guesses, speculations, insights and experiences will be enjoyed and appreciated.