Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Good Housewife Guide

Last weekend I went to Woolloongabba Antique Centre and noticed their little leaflet.

It reads:

Good Housewife Guide
  • Greet him with a warm smile
  • Have a delicious dinner ready
  • Don't greet him with complaints
  • Be a little gay and interesting
  • Listen to him, let him talk first
  • Remember he is the master of the house
  • Encourage the children to be quiet
  • Clear away the clutter
  • Offer to remove his shoes
  • Don't complain if he's late for dinner
  • Touch up your make up, fix your hair
  • Be refreshed when he arrives home
It made me think just how different life in our household is!

Housewife Reality Guide
  • Greet him with a kid and hand it over, forget to smile
  • Why can't he have fish fingers like the rest of us?
  • Offer up as many complaints to get them off your chest
  • Gay and interesting was 5 years ago when I slept all night
  • Listen to him but really only 30%, while mentally listing out all the things I need to do when the children go to sleep
  • Who is the master of the house?
  • Keep the children quiet with irritating kids television, some sort of iDevice or junk food
  • Sweep the toys, mail, bags, colouring in to one side of the bench. Move it back once he is finished
  • He knows to put his shoes away once he removes them, one more thing to trip over
  • Complain bitterly for the next 3 days if he is late home to help with dinner/bath/bed routine
  • Showering is a luxury, forget about hair and makeup
  • Sigh with great relief when he arrives, and go to the bathroom after waiting all day . . . you deserve it

So then I did a little research . . . full report here.
Comments are really interesting too.

How to be a domestic goddess- by Tessa Johnson

1950s America: those were the good old days. Or were they? Viewing the past through rose-coloured spectacles – longing with a special kind of nostalgia for the white picket fences, home-baked cookies and families with a Mom, Dad and 2.5 children – makes misleading history.

When contemporary critics bemoan today’s immoral society with its broken families and workaholic mothers, it is this era that they often hark back to. But postwar America was far from idyllic. Gazing historically inside the average suburban American house uncovers families still suffering from the economic fallout of the Depression, and a culture alarmed by the shadow of a constant threat of nuclear war and communism. The ‘domestic goddess’ cooking the family’s meal had a dark secret too.
Everyday drug use for depression was very common among American mothers.

The drug was a potent and prescription-only tranquilliser, most often used by women. Among American housewives, it became as fashionable as the latest style of dress or car. It was discussed at dinner parties and written about in lifestyle magazines. Miltown was, from its birth, bound up with ideas of glamour, framed as part of an aspirational lifestyle choice which Hollywood starlets and suburban housewives alike could indulge in. Celebrities promoted its benefits, and bowls of Miltown were even rumoured to be passed around like canapés at Hollywood parties.
American women were the biggest consumers of the new tranquillisers. A 1963 study found that 21 per cent of women had taken some kind of tranquillising drug, compared with just 9 per cent of men. These patients, moreover, tended to be middle-class, well-educated, WASP housewives.

In conclusion, tranquillisers sound good. Pass me the Miltown!

source: 1-Dior, 2,3,4-oscar de la renta, 5 ,6,7


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