The Housewife Stigma
When did it happen, and who started it? You know, the many stigmas attached to being a housewife, why are they there? As I first pondered this question, I thought these stigmas could have occurred during the 70's early 80's, a time when Helen Reddy crooned that women are invincible; a tumultuous time when women were encouraged to launch careers in the dog-eat-dog world of high pressure business. No, that didn't seem right. Then I thought it must have been in the late 60's, yeah that had to be it, when all the bra burning and women's-lib hype really got rolling, just after Peggy Lee's brazen anthem of womanhood was flying through the airwaves. But now, I think the early stages were maybe in the post war days. An unstable time in our history, when families were torn apart by WW2; a terrible time when husbands, fathers, and single young men went far away to fight and die, never to return, as well as many women. That was a time when women who held down the home-front were coaxed into the workforce with a lot of patriotic rhetoric, replacing their men at factories in an effort to bring a quick end to the war, longing for the day when they would come back home 'victorious'. Afterwards, the power brokers that started the war to end all wars, told them to go back home where they belonged. So, how did this engineered series of events effect the family dynamic, even to this very day? This is a very deep topic, and one that we should all consider carefully.
I truly feel that there are indeed stigmas that have been foisted upon the humble housewife by society. At sometime, and by the hands of an elusive someone, a particular sordid tale was concocted and sold to women, and young girls. And here it is: Being a housewife is a completely unfulfilling bore, and a waste of a woman's life. Furthermore, a woman can't possibly fulfill her emotional, intellectual, and physical needs by staying at home and raising a brood of snot-nosed whiny kids, who hang on to her apron strings, while performing menial mind numbing physical labor for a clueless husband, that can come and go as he pleases. Someone who leaves her to suffer silently with a fake gleaming smile plastered onto her well powdered face, all the while wondering what would it be like to be - 'liberated'. Whoever is responsible for spreading and exploiting these kinds of half-truths, no matter when it was, has a lot of 'splaining' to do! I intend to examine these claims and hopefully, set some things straight! To Be Continued . . .