Jack Jones sings "Wives and Lovers" (by Burt Bacharach)
Back in the 1950s-60s, was this the way married life was supposed to be?
Well this song explains somewhat the tragic aspirations of Betty Draper in the TV series "MAD MEN" .
In retrospect, how sad that young wives at that time were so brainwashed. Yes, it was a double-edged sword.
The tragedy of Betty Draper was quite common in middle- and upper-middle-class culture in the U.S.
But this may also have been the fallout of a working-class problem from 60 years earlier.
After Prohibiiton and the subsequent push for feminist roles in the workplace, post-war housewives had to compete with the allure of office and factory women, which eventually led to an increase in divorce rates and, ironically, the influx of even more housewives themselves into the workplace seeking an income after losing a breadwinner.
The pendulum may have swung too far when women were marching for equal rights. That march began 70 years earlier, in the 1890s, both in Europe and in the U.S.
What women could not realize back then was that they would be cannibalizing their own uniqueness by demanding equal footing in the workplace. The grand scheme of feminism could not engineer away the natural sexual magnetism between men and women. So workplace romances sprang up and began unseating happy homes and destroying families.
Feminism began with the temperance movement. Because drunkenness of men destroyed families. So women wanted assurances, safety and other protections from falling into poverty after an abandonment. Wayward men were definitely a problem.
So this led us to Prohibition.
I'm just not sure we needed all this feminism to sober them up. Sexual abuse of boys may have been a contributing factor to their adulthood troubles.
100+ years later we need to re-examine why families still aren't working.
Families worked better when mother stayed at home with the kids and father went to work. Incidentally, some of the worst bosses I have had were women.
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