A couple of years ago, someone gave me a book called Fascinating Womanhood.
I remember my jaw dropping after reading some of the advice it gave on how to become a good homemaker, a great wife and have a perfect marriage.
It mentioned things like "When you arise, take care of your appearance. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking"
And when your man comes home from work, "Speak in a soft, soothing, pleasant voice. Allow him to relax - to unwind"
Then I realized it was written in 1965.
I'm still kinda fascinated with the advice, though. Who can pull this off anymore? Do women still aspire to this high level of home service - no cubicles, no carpools but apple pies and a perfect home??
The basic rules for the perfect housewife:
- Don't greet him with problems and complaints. Solve the problems you can before he gets home and save those you must discuss with him until later in the evening.
- Also, don't complain if he is late for dinner. Count this as a minor problem when compared with what he might have gone through that day.
- Don't allow the children to rush at him with problems or requests. Allow them to briefly greet their father but save demands for later.
(Helen B. Andelin's Fascinating Womanhood, published by Pacific Press in 1965)
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