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March 24, 2009



We've been watching an AMC show called Mad Men recently. It's a good example of the exaggerated stereotypes of the 50s housewife from what I can tell (of course, I wasn't alive in the 50s or even the 60s, so I don't have as much authority as others on this point). The show has won awards, and it deserves them for its sets and music IMO. But the writing is off.


I was alive and grew up in the 40's and 50's. My Mom was a college graduate who chose to do the most important job (in her opinion), and that was raise a family of smart kids. (Oooops - that doesn't explain moi!)

You're really just saying we should learn from the past - you just said it so much better. Thanks

Sleeping Beastly

Thanks for the post, Tim. Solid words, although I have a minor quibble. For most of us, raising a family on a single income isn't simply a matter of buying a smaller house and living more simply; most jobs in the US today don't pay enough to feed and house a family. It wasn't that easy even in the 18th and 19th centuries. That was, for many, a time of child labor and working for company scrip.

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