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...
Its manuals show only men or cartoon figures whose sex is unclear.
Bondevik added: "I myself have great problems with screwing together such furniture."
Comments: instruction man
I know people (yes men included) who pay other people to put their IKEA stuff together for them. I suspect a bit of nordic rivalry...and I'm always impressed if both the manual and all the required bits arrive in the same box!
Posted by norabone at March 11, 2005 08:02 PM
er...some bits of that story are missing. I left out a major part in the re-assembly.
But I like your Nordic rivalry theory too. Wonder if the Sweden=Norway rivalry rivals the Sydney-Melbourne rivalry?
Posted by boynton at March 11, 2005 09:27 PM
Yes, it does, from what I've heard.
Posted by Scott Wickstein at March 12, 2005 01:45 AM
Hunter Valley Assembly Specialists. Office in Swansea NSW , Mob 0408 908 567, fixed up my new BBQ which came in package. Too daunting for me, two blokes with tools had it up and going in less than one hour cost $140-00, barby $900-00. Previous barby disappeared from our garden earlier, nicked.Insurer paid up, but the intriguing saga relating to its disappearance is still on going. Final episode will be posted later.
Posted by John Leonard Spencer at March 13, 2005 11:32 AM
Emma does all the IKEA assembling. The last time I tried, I ended up sobbing in a corner. I do the heavy lifting afterwards.
Posted by Dick at March 13, 2005 06:17 PM
I've never bought anything to assemble. Suspect I might sob or make a scuplture.
I was more amused by the the thought of Nordic androgynous graphics, not to mention Nordic rivalry.
Posted by boynton at March 13, 2005 09:39 PM
Next door neighbour bought a packaged black Sound & TV cabinet, made in Finland. I was told that the instructions for assembly were in Suomi, Swedish and Norwegian. I gave them the assemblers tel number. Lets hope they Snakke ikke Norske.
Posted by John Leonard Spencer at March 15, 2005 12:24 PM
I suppose you would break into Finnish if you finished the assembly in one piece.
Posted by boynton at March 15, 2005 01:19 PM
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