The husbands' technological method of obtaining this "perfect wife" is through the murder of their human wives and replacement with gynoid substitutes that are compliant and housework obsessed, resulting in a "picture-postcard" perfect suburban society.
This has been seen as an allegory of male chauvinism of the period, by representing marriage as a master-slave relationship, and an attempt at raising feminist consciousness during the era of second wave feminism.
The 1964 TV series My Living Doll features a robot, portrayed by Julie Newmar, who is similarly described.
More recently, the 2015 science-fiction film Ex Machina featured a genius inventor experimenting with gynoids in an effort to create the perfect companion.
As more realistic humanoid robot design is technologically possible, they are also emerging in real-life robot design. Robotess is the oldest female-specific term, originating in 1921 from the same source as the term robot.