According to myth, the sculptor Pygmalion was a misanthrope who talked to no one and made perfect sculptures. Once he made an ivory statue of a woman so beautiful that he fell in love with it. The Goddess Aphrodite took pity upon Pygmalion and turned the statue into a live. Some feminists have argued that how far removed in significance is this from the creation by men of robot-zombies as “perfect wives”?
Jean Leon Gerome. Pygmalion and Galatea (1890)
Metropolitan Museum of Art