Philobiblon: Back to the Fifties

Friday, March 11, 2005

Back to the Fifties

All over the UK papers yesterday was the story "Desperate to be housewives: young women yearn for 1950s role as stay-at-home mums", this version from The Independent:

They are the generation of women who grew up expecting to have it all. No longer forced to choose between children and a career, they were set to embrace superwomanhood by doing both - while holding down a perfect relationship and keeping a spotless home in their spare time.

But modern woman has taken a reality check. The average 29-year-old now hankers for a return to the lifestyle of a 1950s housewife. The daughters of the "Cosmo" generation of feminists want nothing more than a happy marriage and domestic bliss in the countryside, according to a survey.

Research into the attitudes of 1,500 women with an average age of 29 found that 61 per cent believe "domestic goddess" role models who juggle top jobs with motherhood and jet-set social lives are "unhelpful" and "irritating". More than two-thirds agree that the man should be the main provider in a family, while 70 per cent do not want to work as hard as their mother's generation. On average, the women questioned want to "settle down" with their partner by 30 and have their first child a year later....

For suggestions of why this is a bad idea, they might want to consult Purple Pen's account of the position of her sister, or read The Women's Room, which made me realise at age 16 why what my instincts told me was right, you always need your independence.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

unreal. the pendulum is simply swinging back for a while i suppose... it will come forward again no doubt.

3/12/2005 06:40:00 am  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

I can only hope you are right!

3/12/2005 10:58:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is quite unreal to expect a woman to hold down a full time job,have children and keep the house sparkly clean..thse women must of felt very depressed at times..running on nervous energy infact.I know this because i was brought up in this mother was an obsessive cleaner,and for a while i tried to live upto those standards,but i found that i was always in the house,too exausted to put the ironing down to socialise,and the man would be there keeping you in your place by impregnating you over and over to keep you busy..i still see this attitude in men these days.all housework and children should be shared where possible,even these day the children are still the responsibilty of the mother,but there are modern fathers i see and it is great!

3/26/2005 08:22:00 pm  

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