You've come a long way baby

Paula showed me this and I just gotta pass it along.
http://www.littlethings.com/1950s-good-housewife-guide-vas/
Angel Chang shared from something that was written a couple months before I was born.
As I was growing up we even had that huge Good Housekeeping Cookbook multiple volume set (sent one segment at a time)
sitting on a shelf; and that artwork. Seemed so modern and cool.
Have a hoot

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. Highlights 3.) 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. 4.) Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. … 8.) Children are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. Minimize all noise. … 10.) 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. … 11.) 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. 14.) 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. 16.) Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice. 17.) 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. 18.) A good wife always knows her place.
Oh and the comments section is almost as fun as the article ;-P

I remember those idiotic suggestions!

Classic stuff.

Great advice.

Turn it around and what do you think?
3.) Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when she arrives.
Comb your hair and be fresh-looking. She has just been with a lot of work-weary people.
4.) Be a little gay and a little more interesting for her. …
8.) Children are little treasures and she would like to see them playing the part. Minimize all noise. …
10.) You may have a dozen important things to tell her,
but the moment of his arrival is not the time.
Let her talk first — remember, her topics of conversation are more important than yours. …
11.) Make the evening hers. Never complain if she comes home late or goes out to dinner,
or other places of entertainment without you.
Instead, try to understand her world of strain and pressure and her very real need to be at home and relax.
14.) Don’t complain if she’s late home for dinner or even if she stays out all night.
Count this as minor compared to what she might have gone through that day.
16.) Arrange her pillow and offer to take off her shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
17.) Don’t ask her questions about her actions or question her judgment of integrity.
Remember, she is the mistress of the house and as such will always exercise her will with fairness and truthfulness.
You have no right to question her.
18.) A good husband always knows his place.
Anything that doesn’t work both ways it’s invalid.

All the rest of the suggestions sound pretty standard for 1955 except for #4, but I guess being just a little gay would certainly make his “putter flutter”. Pretty risqué for the mid fifties.
Cap’t Jack

Too funny!

Too funny!
Too sad!

Ugh. And there’s still so far to go.
And #s 17 and 18 are particularly repugnant.

#4 may be worth considering. What husband hasn’t fantasized about his wife being a little gay with her best good looking girlfriend?

#4 may be worth considering. What husband hasn’t fantasized about his wife being a little gay with her best good looking girlfriend?
Cue the sultry saxophone music. Most women in that era were either whacked out on Valium or heavily buzzed on tea martoonies, hic, after a boring day taking care of us, cleaning the house and making "hubby's" supper. No wonder they went back to school, burned their bras and stuck a TV dinner in the oven for the master of the house. June Cleaver was pretty much a myth. Cap't Jack

On a serious note, if you think things are NOT getting more liberal overall, re-read that list.

On a serious note, if you think things are NOT getting more liberal overall, re-read that list.
That may, or may not, be true. But some people on the right (be honest) are trying very, very hard to reverse what progress women have made these last 60+ years.
Ugh. And there's still so far to go. And #s 17 and 18 are particularly repugnant.
I can't believe that any women would have not questioned their husbands or said nothing if he stayed out all night even in 1955. These women had been through the war and many of them held down full time jobs and supported themselves and their families. The average woman wasn't THAT stupid then. Many married women were working outside the home in the 1950s, some of them even supporting their families. I suspect the list was written by a man or a committee of men. Lois

Things have certainly changed since 1955. Here is the updated version of tips for wives in 2015 in Daesh controlled territories:
3.) Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives.
Make sure your hijab is fresh and clean and does not expose sinful skin. He will be weary from just having murdered a lot of filthy infidels.
4.) Have your prayer rug out and pretend to be praying devoutly when he walks thru the door. …
8.) Children are little treasures and he would like to see them playing at suicide bombing and war against America. Make sure they are hearty in their shouts of Allhu Akbar!. …
10.) You may have a dozen important things to tell him,
but the moment of his arrival is not the time.
In fact, just keep your mouth shut, always. Your views are not important. …
11.) Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner,
or to divulge in captured sex slaves. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.
14.) Don’t complain if he’s late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night.
Count this as minor compared to his sexually imposing himself on you as is his Allah given right.
16.) Keep his kalishnicovs cleaned and well oiled and his IED materials organized and dusted. But do so with the utmost care. A wife whose face and hands are blown off, is not pleasant in the sight of Allah, unless some infidels were also killed in the explosion.
17.) 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 however he wishes.
You have no right to question him.
18.) A good wife always knows her place.

I misread the source as Good Housekeeping magazine. Instead it was supposedly reprinted from a “home economics textbook” in an obscure publication. It didn’t get the imprimatur of a major women’s magazine and no one can find the original “textbook.”
Snopes has some interesting things to say about it, including this:
The question here is whether the piece quoted above really came from a home economics textbook. Is it real, or is it yet another of those “look how far we’ve come” fabrications? We know the graphic reproduced above (supposedly from the 13 May 1955 edition of a magazine called Housekeeping Monthly) is a fabrication: It didn’t first appear until well after the “How to Be a Good Wife” list had begun circulating via e-mail, and it’s clearly a mock-up produced by adding the text of the e-mail around an image taken from a 1957 cover of John Bull magazine. (The image itself even bears an “Advertising Archives” legend along its side, indicating its source.) As for the text itself, nobody has turned up the infamous textbook that supposedly included these ten steps.
http://www.snopes.com/history/document/goodwife.asp

I love Snopes.