Perfect wives in ideal homes pdf

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Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes: The Story of Women in the 1950s by Virginia Nicholson

In Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes, Virginia Nicholson tells the story of women in the 1950s: a time before the Pill, when divorce spelled scandal and two-piece swimsuits caused mass alarm.
Turn the page back to the mid-twentieth century, and discover a world peopled by women with radiant smiles, clean pinafores and gleaming coiffures; a promised land of batch-baking, maraschino cherries and brightly hued plastic. A world where the darker side of the decade encompasses rampant prostitution, a notorious murder, and the threat of nuclear disaster.
Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes reconstructs the real 1950s, through the eyes of the women who lived it. Step back in time to where our grandmothers scrubbed their doorsteps, cared for their families, lived, laughed, loved and struggled.
This is their story.
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Published 22.06.2019


You sit there and think about your hectic morning, rushing about, trying to get the kids ready for church on time, and no one can find their shoes much less get into the car without complaining, whining, and bickering. How in the world could you ever become a Proverbs 31 Woman?
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Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes review – mixed memories of the 1950s

But what women in the s were expected to do for their husbands? Well, those traditions have certainly flown right out the window! It may feel a little strange to accept these rules today, but it remains so interesting to see how society once behaved. Scroll further to see what rules mothers and housewives once had to follow, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below! Have dinner ready.

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After reading this entertaining and shocking book, I should know what makes a perfect wife. But I am confused. Take Liz, who was 19 when she married David in and promptly produced six children as well as running a shabby, unheated farmhouse, providing all the meals, doing some gardening and generally helping out on the farm. David hated women who swore and told her to take off her treasured pearl necklace instantly; he then confiscated it for several years as a punishment until she learnt not to swear. Liz decided that to be a perfect wife she had to shelve her own interest in music and pretend to lose swimming and skiing races against her husband. Hers is just one in a catalogue of complicated tales revealing how Fifties women negotiated their way through the decade.

But the deal was: stay in the home, cook, and bring up the children. Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes is a story of submission and struggle, rebellion and reward.
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T he s are still close enough to touch: just around the corner of our past, linked to us through living memory. Until one night David Monnington, a local farmer and landowner, proposed to her. In July , she was sent to Berlin, where she slept with a revolver under her pillow, then to Washington, employed by the Foreign Office to help put together a financial deal for German reconstruction. When her husband abandoned her — he was cultured, affectionate and gay — she found work for a while in a biscuit factory. Or Eileen, a London-trained nurse from a Catholic background in Kilkenny, whose moody, sexy Protestant boyfriend got her pregnant and had to marry her. We seem to be drawn, imaginatively, to the s at the moment: buying books about it, baking fairy cakes, desiring retro furniture.


  1. Colomba B. says:

    We meet factory girls and Teddy girls, students and housewives, diplomats and immigrants.

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