Back In The 1950’s Husbands Expected Their Wives To Do THIS. Just Wait Until You See
FaithTap Staff 11/16/2015
In the 21st century, respecting women as equals is widely the norm! To think, only 50 short years ago women were still seen as subservient to men.
Housewife Skills 101
"The Good Wife's Guide" was published by Housekeeping Monthly in 1955. It outlined the standards that the ideal wife should abide by. Looking back at it now, it's quite laughable! Although woman still have strides to make in equality, we have come a long way from the misogynistic days of the 50s.
The Perfect Woman
Traditional roles were assumed in the home and workplace. Men were expected to bring home the money while women cared for the house and children. Could you have followed these rules to be the ultimate 1950s housewife?
Keep It Down
"Children are little treasures and he would 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.
Sure Honey, Stay Out All Night
"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."
Put On Some Lipstick and Smile
"Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people."
Be Seen, Not Heard
"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 tops of conversation are important than yours."
"A good wife always knows her place."
Put His Needs First
"Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a list too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense persona satisfaction."
The Kitchen Is Your Workplace
"Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know what you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs."
Aim High, Ladies
"Your goal: Try to make sure your home is place of peace, order and tranquility where you husband can renew himself in body and spirit."
Fetch Me My Slippers
"Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice."
No One Likes A Mess
"Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper, etc. and then run a dust cloth over the tables."
Comfort Is Key
"Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him."
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Perfection Must Be Met
"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."
Every Night Is Guy's Night
"Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax."
No Questions Asked
"Don't ask him questions bout his actions or question his judgement 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."
"Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair and, if necessary, change their clothes."
"Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed."
The Stepford Way
"Don't greet him with complains and problems."
Stand Still, Look Pretty
"Be happy to see him. Free him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him. Listen to him."
Happy Wife, Happy Life
It's a wonder with all of these duties that they had time to write this list! The household dynamic has changed from the domestic ideology of the 50s. Let's hope we don't look back in another 50 years to see another negative reflection.