How Things Have Changed
I was handed a copy of a May 1955 pamphlet yesterday called ‘The Good Wife’s Guide’ which if nothing else demonstrates just how far we have come in the last 57 years.
The start of the pamphlet and whole premise on which it is based is on the man being the sole bread-winner in the home with the wife maintaining the home, and most importantly centred entirely on meeting the husband’s needs.
At a time (2012) when unemployment is at its highest level for 18 years and the number of part-time workers especially women is also at an all-time high with families depending for the very basics on two incomes the following suggestions in the pamphlet make very amusing reading.
“Have dinner ready, prepare yourself, take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives, he may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it”
I’ve only been married for just approaching 30 years so still settling in but I have discussed the pamphlet with my wife whose comments were succinct and to the point.
I did point out that according to the rules of 1955,
“After all catering for his comfort will provide you with immense satisfaction”
not something we apparently agree on,
“Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement, remember he is the master in the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him”
after all as the conclusion says
“A good wife always knows her place”.
It’s created an interesting debate in our house and the conclusion is that I’ll be free to put my foot down, exert my position as master of the house and choose whichever colour tea towel I want to use when doing the washing up and my wife will take the subservient role of telling me to get on with it.
A word of warning,
The pamphlet may well be a fake!!
An even stronger warning,
Don’t try this at home.