A Good Wife Always Knows Her Place?

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I came across this article from a 1955 Good Housekeeping magazine that I was shocked to see for myself.


The thing is that many of the things on the list would not be so offensive if they didn’t add some of the sexist and archaic comments for each thing listed.

I don’t see any problem with a Good Housekeeping article suggesting ways for a wife to create a home filled with love and good feelings.  Create a place that your husband would want to come home to each day each day does not seem like a huge deal to me.

If you follow my blog you know I am big on creating a homemade dinner each night when possible.  And it is true that I have been known to stop a few minutes before my husband gets home to check my hair or makeup because I still want to catch his eye.  Truth is some days I get busy doing other things and forget to brush my hair, there I admit it 😉

But I do these things because I love my husband and my family and not out of a sense of duty.

These statements are leaving me feeling SO glad that I get to be a homemaker in 2013, where it is perfectly fine not to be perfect!!

  • Remember his topics of  conversation are more important than yours.
  • Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you.
  • Don’t complain if he’s home late for dinner or even if he stays out all night!
  • Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement.
  • You have no right to question him.

I am curious to hear your thoughts on this?

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  1. This is wrong is so many ways. I agree, I work hard to make home the place my husband most wants to be…but it’s the tone of the article that really bugs me.

  2. aNonyMous @ Radical Ramblings says:

    Hi there. I just found your site through 5MinutesforMom’s link party. Interesting site. :)
    The sexism in the article isn’t what amazes me, but how it exaggerates what difficult lives men have and makes out it’s all so stressful for them. As women now go out to work we know full well the stresses involved and they’re really not all that bad. It makes men sound like a right load of wussies!

  3. My feelings about this article are somewhere in the middle. Some of the points are definitely outdated but most of it makes a lot of sense and they’re things I already do – not because I’m suppose to (according to that article) but because I want to. I chose the role of a stay at home mom and there are certain duties that come with that job, just as there are with any job.

  4. I guess I better put a ribbon in my hair! 😉

    It’s good that it isn’t the 50s. Otherwise, I’d have made a “bad” wife.

  5. My mother was a wife in the 50s, and let me tell you one thing, Momma worked full time at a bank. She didn’t tip toe around my dad at all, and never, EVER, asked his permission to do anything, like never. He was more likely to ask HER permission as she definitely wore the pants until the day she died. Momma was an a** kicker and didn’t allow anyone to mistreat her or ‘own’ her.

    I seriously would have sucked as a housewife in the earlier part of last century.

  6. I think there are some good tips … but some make me want to punch someone. LOL. A good wife knows her place? Uhm…. okay. But I do like some of the tips to make the home more pleasant when he comes home. Maybe then he wont want to “stay out all night”. Because I think I WOULD have something to say about THAT!

  7. I’ve always thought I had the same values as a 50’s housewife but I’m not loving all of the things I read in this article. You pointed out each one that I have questions about too. I understand the “don’t questions his actions or judgments” if it continued with “in front of others” but to never question your husband’s actions doesn’t seem biblical to me. Your spouse should be your biggest encourager AND accountability partner. Those are my two cents anyway. :)

  8. I think the saddest part of the article was the fact that it was supposedly written by women for women. It’s one thing for a man to treat his wife as inferior but another to tell other women that that’s the way it should be. If I do any of the above, it’s because I love my husband and want to contribute to a peaceful, happy home. Yet, this article almost makes it seem that the woman is far below that of men and that it’s an honor for her to just kiss his feet. The mindset is all wrong.

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