Monday, January 12, 2009

Women! Know Your Limits?

Such a polite way to say "Bog off girly! This is a mans job!"

Via Flick relased under Creative Commons



I suppose she was supposed to stay at home and play with fluffy kittens instead!

They'd be cleaned out finacially with a sex discrimination case these days. And rightfully so!

T England said...

Reminds me of this I have a copy of!

An actual article from
Housekeeping Monthly May 13, 1955

Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a
delicious meal ready on time for his return. This is a way of letting
him know that you have be thinking about him and are concerned about
his needs. Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of
a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed.

Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when
he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be
fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.

Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day
may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.

Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of
the house just before your husband arrives. Run a dustcloth over the

During the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a

fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a
haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all,
catering to his comfort will provide you with immense personal

Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise
of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.

Be happy to see him.

Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to
please him.

Listen to him. 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.

Don't greet him with complaints and problems.

Don't complain if he's late for dinner or even if he stays out all
night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through
at work.

Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or
lie him down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.

Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low,
soothing and pleasant voice.

Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment
or 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.

A good wife always knows her place.

tory boys never grow up said...

Makes you think what prejudices of today will look equally as ridiculous in 70 years time. How about the hereditary principle and the thought that people through accident of birth worship different gods and then have wars about which god's ideas should prevail.

Robert said...

I get a few letters like this now, sadly it says we have no openning at the moment , and we have stairs in our offices not lifts which would mean we have to employ you in other departments which you are not suited to.
In other words we do not employ cripples. This is from the CAB in my area, we are a charity and cannot afford lifts, this means we are unable to take on any person with mobility problems. thats after the DDA. never mind.

Anonymous said...

tory boy's never grow up (or should that be labour party supporting fuckwit?). Clearly you have not studied history. Religious wars have occurred for centuries and will continue for cneturies to come. To expect religious harmony within the next 70 years is, quite frankly, delusional.

davidc said...

t england - ah happy days !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Henry Crun

I have studied history - but one lives in hope (perhaps that is one of the defining differences between the left and right) that one day people see the error of their ways just like they have started to do over sexism. I daresay that similar statements were made about how women's roles would never change - didn't Mrs Thatcher say that there would nver be a woman prime minister in her life time?


Cinnamon said...

Back then in the social climate that was and with the people's gender roles understanding back then, Disney had a very good reason for working this way and no other.
(think about it for a moment... !)

We do things different nowadays, because we're a different people, living in a different time, not necessarily with a better result... there are plenty of very bad things happening in modernity which would never have occurred back them, and would have totally shocked and outraged our ancestors, had they seen into the future.

Most of our politicians would have long ago been hanged for treason for example!

Btw, expect such letters to sent again soon, just that it won't be wimmen who get discriminated, but white men and middle class children in general -- see here


Hey T England,

what is it that you disagree with in that letter?

Just that the woman is the housewife here, or would you take offense if the same advice was given to a house husband?

Or, do you find it annoying that someone is actually trying to be nice to their partner, and make their home coming as pleasant as is possible?

What if you're the man in question --
would you hate getting a nice dinner, crave being nagged at at (nothing like a fight before the evening even starts, yay!)?

And, when you come home, do you hope that your spouse is unhappy to see you?