Results for - The "Good Housewife" Guide 1950s -- We've Come A Long Way, Thankfully!

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In 1955, a time some still feel was

1. In 1955, a time some still feel was "the good old days", Housekeeping Monthly published an article, "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. It may feel strange to accept these rules today, but it remains so interesting to see how society once behaved -- and oddly enough, some woman still feel they should follow these rules. Some of the "rules" are about keeping the house clean and making sure a hot dinner is always on the table, but some rules show how women then were definitely thought to be "beneath" men and there to "serve and comfort" them. One such rule was "You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first — remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours." Can you imagine any woman these days believing and following that rule?

Absolutely not!
60%
1,327 votes
Unsure
26%
582 votes
Yes, and so they should!
11%
242 votes
Other (please specify)
2%
49 votes
Here are a few more rules from this article. Are there any on this list that you think women should still be doing?

2. Here are a few more rules from this article. Are there any on this list that you think women should still be doing?

Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
10%
217 votes
Children are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.
10%
215 votes
Don't complain if he's late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.
8%
165 votes
Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment of integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.
5%
106 votes
All of them
9%
194 votes
None!!
71%
1,555 votes
The article sums it up with this one line

3. The article sums it up with this one line "A good wife always knows her place". Has any woman here been told this at any point in her life?

I have!
13%
278 votes
Never
29%
636 votes
No one in my life would ever say this to me!
29%
635 votes
Not applicable
30%
651 votes

4. This article actually made me laugh out loud, and brought up visions of Father Knows Best. I recently saw this YouTube video of a woman who lived like she was in the 1950s. From her vintage dresses to her authentic mid-century kitchen appliances, Laci Fay lives every day like it's 1958. And it's not just her home and car that are influenced by the decade: even her makeup is all vintage. Hopefully she does not follow the above rules of how a wife should act. If you watched it, what is your reaction?

Wow! Unbelievable
16%
342 votes
Funny!
11%
248 votes
That's dedication!
7%
148 votes
See nothing wrong with it
6%
139 votes
Did not/could not watch video
34%
756 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
24 votes
As long as she's having fun and her family is OK with it
25%
543 votes
10/20/2021 Love & Relationships 2279 75 By: Harriet56
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