OH GOD NO.
It seems as if the 1950s were deliberately conspiring against the woman.
Some disturbing facts:
- Housewives in the 1950s displayed the same sort of passivity as those who died in Nazi concentration camps or were Veitnam prisoners of war.
- There were compulsory "Married Life" courses in some colleges for women.
- Corporate America specifically tried to convince women that they belonged in the home because housewives bought oh-so-many projects.
- "Feminity" was really a lack of emotional and mental development; women were literally not encouraged to discover themselves and stay at a perpetual state of childhood.
- Psychological papers that refuted the commonly held "feminine" ideal was relegated to the fringe of science and never really reported.
- Many college women were at school expressly to "catch a man".
- Women who showed any sort of individuality or ambition were conditioned into thinking something was wrong with them and classified as having a "neurosis".
- It was apparently impossible to have a satisfying marriage life and be employed.
- Sex was the only way for most women to really establish an identity, i.e. "X's wife/girlfriend/lover".
- "I wanna be a doctor when I grow up!" "No, honey, you're a girl. You're going to be a wife and have kids, just like mummy." (paraphrased)
- So much more...