“The Perfect Woman,” Robert Sheckley, 1953 (or 1954?) – (short short) A man has a choice between the delicate and ultra-feminine “new woman” or “reconstructed woman,” who is more than happy to do the housework but prone to breakdown, or Primitive Woman, who possesses more durability.
Comments: The “reconstructed woman” bears a resemblance to the “Stepford Wife.” Read in Fifty Short Science Fiction Tales and introduced by an obnoxious quote from Asimov.
Author: Wikipedia: “Robert Sheckley (July 16, 1928 – December 9, 2005) was a Hugo- and Nebula-nominated American author. First published in the science fiction magazines of the 1950s, his numerous quick-witted stories and novels were famously unpredictable, absurdist and broadly comical.”