How the 1950 s housewife was expected to behave in the good wives guide. There are very few movies that can hold a candle to the depth and power of the original book. This good wifes guide is believed to have come from an issue of the magazine, housekeeping. If their mothers acted this way, small wonder theyre confused by us millennium women. From a 1950s home economics textbook intended for high school girls, this excerpt of advice prepares young ladies for what to expect from married life. Her books include the acclaimed social histories among the bohemians. The role of women in islam muslim women are muslim women. But the advice of the 1950s overwhelmingly put the responsibility of a relationships success on the wife.
The list was supposedly first published in the may th 1955 issue of housekeeping monthly. Jul 15, 2014 the good husbands guide july 15, 2014 by sue nador 2 comments sue nador updates 1950s wisdom from the good wifes guide for todays husband or wife. Retro housewife fads, culture and the housewife in the. Researching my new book perfect wives in ideal homes, one of the first sources i turned to was good housekeeping, which by 1957 had a circulation of 200,000. Heartless bitches international how to be a good wife. When most people think of women of the 1950s they think of poodle skirts, ponytails, and mothers wearing aprons with their hair stiffly molded into the shape of fancy dinner rolls. Heres the 1950s test that urges husbands not to be.
Whats the difference between the good wife s guide 1950 s housekeeping monthly and now. The two core aims of this volume are to chart the changing complexion of american culture in the years following world war ii and to provide readers with a critical investigation of the 1950s. The photograph may be purchased as wall art, home decor, apparel, phone cases, greeting cards, and more. According to life magazine the proper role for women in the 1950s was a. In a restaurant in cannon beach, oregon, one will find on the wall an excerpt from a 1950s era high school home economics textbook that offers readers several tips on how to be a good wife. Cultural effects single mother family poodle skirt i love lucy comedy of careers youth of the 50s beatniks popular tv genres of the 50s popular tv genres contd written media 19481952 saw 60% decline in movie sales in areas with tv major decline of movie theaters many film. Living life by the 1955 good wifes guide real honest mom. Read more from the veiled remarks book here its packed full of fun wedding facts. Titled how to be a good wife, the article is an alleged excerpt from a 1950s home economics book. Andelins book fascinating womanhood, first published in 1963 to. Top 10 books about women in the 1950s books the guardian.
How to be a good wife according to a 1960s textbook. How to be a good wife according to a 1950s book the good. Its only been a few decades, but we will not be dragged backwards. The life of the average married woman in the 1950s and 60s was very different. The book provides an intellectual context for approaching 1950s american culture and considers the historical impact of the decade on recent social and cultural developments. The pictured children do not appear to be screaming, the wife is wearing 3 inch heals and the husband looks like a cross between cary grant and jimmy stewart. The good wifes guide is a magazine article rumored to have been published in the may. Since i had never heard of this magazine in the 1950 s and the text just didnt sound like the 50s which i do remember, i decided to do some research on it.
Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Abc book of the 1950s by kristian adamczyk on prezi. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal, on time. In the 1950s, suburban communities started booming. The 1950s housewife had been prepared both at school and at home for her role in life. How to be a good wife in the style of the 1950s the. This book will prove an eyeopener for those who now wish they had listened when their mothers attempted to tell them stories of the. Youre probably familiar with the article published in housekeeping monthly in 1955 on how to be a good wife.
The good husbands guide july 15, 2014 by sue nador 2 comments sue nador updates 1950s wisdom from the good wife s guide for todays husband or wife. The article is unaccredited, but i am sure that like many other articles written in 1950 s womens magazine, it was probably written by a woman. The wife is not very long, and then you can read some of meg wolitzers other books. The modernist movement of the late 1950s and early 1960s was heavily influenced by italian fashion. Sheila hardy was a teacher before she became a wife and mother in the 1950s. But women spanked and injured in the name god are still battered women.
Ahead of international womens day on 8 march, the historian picks the best writing about an era when females were not expected to have an. When i think of women of the 1950s, i think of some of my favorite writers. How to be a good wife according to a 1960s textbook glamour. The 10 best british youth cultures culture the guardian. Take a page from this 1960s textbook youre going to. How to be a good wife according to a 1950s book oversixty. However on the other side of the coin, she didnt have a career outside the home and she had no income of her own, which left her dependent on her husband. How the cult of domesticity still reigns in the 21st century.
It may feel a little strange to accept these rules today, but it remains so interesting to see how society once behaved. Topicsbridesculturelove and marriagemarriagemarried. In the 1950s, horace miner became annoyed at the tone taken by anthropologists. During the 1950s for middleclass americans the good life. Three versions of the good wife in japan the japan times. I had hoped for more analysis about the social and economic and cultural forces. Inflation, which had wreaked havoc on the economy immediately after world war ii, was minimal, in part because of eisenhowers persistent efforts to balance the federal budget. The list concludes with the line, a good wife always knows her place. The good wifes guide was originally circulated as a fax, and then became a widespread email which lists 18 bullet points that all good wives should keep in mind when preparing the house for the husbands return home from work. This 1955 good house wifes guide explains how wives should. A 1950s housewife collects heartwarming personal anecdotes from women who embarked on married life during this fascinating postwar period, providing a trip down memory lane for any wife or child of the 1950s. The 1955 good house wifes guide explains how wives should. I found an old book from 1954 that my grandmother actually used in her 1950 s housewife days. A list of ten steps on how to be a good wife comes from a 1950s u.
The pressures of the industrial revolution and 1950s america have been. The good wife shows how secular culture can do better by. How the cult of domesticity still reigns in the 21st. In may of 1955, housekeeping monthly published an article entitled, the good wifes guide, detailing all the ways that a wife should act and how best she can be a partner to her husband. What was this authors perception of gender roles in the 1950s. In may of 1955, housekeeping monthly published an article entitled, the good wife s guide, detailing all the ways that a wife should act and how best she can be a partner to her husband and a mother to her children. At the end of the decade, the median american family had 30% more purchasing power than at the beginning. Its quite interesting and sometimes funny to see the differences in the expectations of women in that time compared to now. Good wife guide 1950s just a reminder of the hell hole of societal norms weve begun to crawl out of. Humorous reenactment of an article titled the good wife s guide, rumored to have been published in the may, 1955 issue of housekeeping monthly.
She faced years of abuse after arriving in canada as a teenage bride i. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal on time. Do you ever feel guilty because you cant live up to this fantasy of the good wife. The good wife s guide is a magazine article rumored to have been published in the may, 1955 issue of housekeeping monthly, describing how a good wife should act, containing material that reflects a very different role assignment from contemporary american society.
Marriage and homemaking in the 1950s by sheila hardy isbn. The story of women in the 1950s hardcover international edition. This is a reading that i use in class that has excerpts from a 1950s home economics textbook and explains to girls in school what is expected of them as a future housewife. This 1955 good house wifes guide explains how wives. An article titled how to be a good wife that is supposedly an excerpt from a 1950s magazine or textbook is not authentic. The good wifes guide 1955 supposedly from housekeeping monthly may 1955. What was this authors perception of gender roles in the. And heres the 1950s test that urges husbands not to be. And for the good wife, which has always drawn a great deal of its distinctive power from its cleareyed perspective on what the law does to.
Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return. The following is excerpted from a 1950s high school homeeconomics textbook. This 1950s article must have been written by a man comments are closed. Jan 19, 2010 my darlings, after the wedding bells ring, how can you make sure to be a good wife. Juliet gardiner is a historian and broadcaster and a former editor of history today. It lists eight dos and donts aimed at making a man happy, all of which, i.
Cults and subcultures is pacific standards series of reported essays. It made the rounds on email back when everyone had an aol account. Marriage advice from the 1950s that still applies today beth dreher the decade known for happy housewives and mad men husbands may not. During his time, he was regarded as one of the best players. Whats the difference between the good wifes guide 1950s. The story of women in the 1950s virginia nicholson vikingpenguin 526pp. The email i received claimed the article, a guide for the good wife which ended in know your place, was from a magazine called housekeeping monthly in 1955. The book provides an intellectual context for approaching 1950s american culture and considers the historical impact of the decade on recent social and. While the book was helpful it only presents the barest summary of any of the topics because it is so short. But we can all learn a little for reading about being a good housewife in the 1950s. Read an anthropologists paper about the rituals of 1950s americans. G is for gamal abdel naster he was a famous baseball player who played for the new york yankees.
While im not a total 50s wife, my husband always comes first and i cook and clean just as my mother did. Causes of 1950 s culture the typical family societal influences activist responses. Hope they help you become the best wife you can be. But there are also certain elements that we seem to forget about, such as the awful way that marriage was supposed to be. The good wifes guide housekeeping monthly may 1955 1950s. Looking for a good book to read and a great teacher to listen to. Since i had never heard of this magazine in the 1950s and the text just didnt sound like the 50s which i do remember, i decided to do some research on it.
As ever, the perfect and the ideal were a chimera, but frequently proved oppressive ones for women in the 1950s. The typical 1950s wife stayed at home to cook, clean and take care of the children. When we get glimpses of the way things used to be back before the divorce rate climbed to one in three, whether its a scene from mad men or the charts presented here, we try not to think that this might have been the way things were for our grandparents and greatgrandparents that marriage was a kind of pleasant business partnership in which both partners walked a fine line. The role of the muslim woman is to raise the children and be a good wife. Read an anthropologists paper about the rituals of 1950s. The 2000 larry elder book, 10 things you cant say in america, reproduces the text of the example, with how to be a good wife, a home economics high school textbook, 1954.
Bought the kindle edition of this book as part of a research paper i was working on for which i needed a good general knowledge of american cultural attitudes in the 1950s, especially in regards to sex and violence. Anyway i could write quite a bit more but the general point im trying to get to. To read this book and to listen to this teacher, all you need is to travel. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. In case you were wondering just what it took back in the 1950s to qualify for good wife status, housekeeping monthly was kind enough to print a set of guidelines in their 1955 may issue. Women in the 1950s article 1950s america khan academy. I was raised a 1950s housewife growing up in the 1970s. When we get glimpses of the way things used to be back before the divorce rate climbed to one in three, whether its a scene from mad men or the charts presented here, we try not to think that this might have been the way things were for our grandparents and greatgrandparents that marriage was a kind of pleasant business partnership in which both partners walked a fine line between. Buy the good wife first edition by elizabeth buchan isbn. How to be a good spouse in the 1930s thought catalog. How to be a good wife home economics high school text book, 1954 have dinner ready. On monday, your crap archivist brought you the batshit 50s quiz itemizing the merits and demerits of 1950s wives and proving through science or something that american women are pushy.
Heres the 1950s quiz that proves you are a terrible wife. Find this pin and more on inspirational by hope gniewek. Machismo we have today many students in our class from different cultures and we all have to take this class to pass for a good grade and we. Its good fun, a short book but good fir someone who is up for a luagh, great value too. An extract from a 1950s home economics book recently took the internet by storm, with thousands unsure whether to be shocked or amused by the cringeworthy marriage advice offered to women at the time. The wife is not very long, and thenmore i agree with marcie. How to be a good wife according to a 1950s home ec book. When i first saw the sheet of paper, i laughed out loud. He holds many records still today, and he was voted into the baseball hall of fame in 1955. How to be a good husband in the 1950s our everyday life.
Heres an excerpt from a 1950s high school home economics textbook. The good wifes guide 1955 supposedly from housekeeping. Having a good job that provides health benefits and enough income to keep your family comfortable should be one of the top priorities. How to be a good wife according to a 1960s textbook my darlings, after the wedding bells ring, how can you make sure to be a good wife. This 1955 good house wife s guide explains how wives should treat their husbands by angel chang. Jul 05, 2012 how to be a good wife according to a 1950s home ec book july 5, 2012 leave a comment a reader recently sent me a forwarded email titled, the good wifes guide that supposedly came from a 1950. Women are encouraged to carry out all of these duties with a devotion and enthusiasm. Jul 22, 2017 the 1955 good house wifes guide explains how wives should treat their husbands as a housewife, do you still do all these things. Below is a guide on how to be a good housewife from a magazine, housekeeping monthly from 1955. Her book is along these lines, but certainly not to this antiquated extreme. How the 1950s housewife was expected to behave in the. It is called pictoral medical guide, and was published in 1954 with writings by 42 specialists at the time. The author doesnt approve of the roles as described in this article. The plot focussed on alicia florrick julianna margulies, the.
This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time. From the perils of courting to the inevitable list of wedding gifts to the household tips that any selfrespecting new wife should know, this book collects heartwarming personal anecdotes from women who embarked on married life during this fascinating postwar period, providing a trip down memory lane for any wife or child of the 1950s. For a woman, were the 1950s and 1960s the best of times or the worst of times. A glimpse into marriage advice from the 1950s related articles. The good wife s guide good housekeeping 1950s housewife vintage housewife housewife humor housewife quotes homemaking old ads up girl. Jessica will send the book directly to the lucky winner. Heres the 1950s quiz that proves you are a terrible wife by alan scherstuhl. Mar 08, 2014 cocacola vintage retro poster is a photograph by john stephens which was uploaded on november 16th, 2012. Cars were cooler, people spent more time with their families, and things were just simpler. There are 5 questions that go with the reading that relate to the 1950s and the present.769 550 1234 1270 826 793 971 194 546 785 837 25 353 1631 917 456 774 954 266 1269 1300 277 1595 899 55 296 80 932 284 739 1456 782 118 276 979 985 1296 761 583 1030