So assume I was a war bride, caught up in the danger and romance of a World War, and after the war my husband comes home and we have 2 kids and a house with a white picket fence and I'm a housewife, how would my life in the 1950s differ from being a stay-at-home-mom (notice how the terminology has changed) in 2007?
PROS AND CONS OF BEING A 1950s HOUSEWIFE
PRO: I'm already a housewife; no feminist qualms of abandoning a career
CON: But I'm quite fond of being able to express my ideas without being told not to "worry my pretty little head something that's a man's job."
PRO: I like to cook, so homecooked dinners wouldn't be a problem (I could even live without a microwave--gasp!)
CON: But I'm not fond of tuna casserole, Jell-O salad with miniature marshmallows in it, and milk with dinner.
PRO: The music. All that great 30's and 40's swing, the jazz singers, and the birth of rock 'n' roll.
CON: But I'd be too "square" to enjoy Elvis and the Beatles. I'd probably be like my grandmother when my mom was watching Elvis on Ed Sullivan: "Turn that nasty mess off!" By being born later, I get to enjoy their genius.
PRO: The fashion could be really great. The New Look by Christian Dior ; anything worn by Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.
CON: Not too crazy about the hairstyles.
CON: Can't really think of a con. I think Hollywood should stop making women hate their bodies.
CON: Husbands not expected to help take care of children.
PRO: None. That is just NOT RIGHT. Much progress has been made in this area.
PRO: A simpler, more innocent time.
CON: Unfortunately, my kids would be just old enough to join the hippies in order to Find Themselves through Free Love and drugs galore.
So, you know, maybe it's all for the best that no one's invented a time machine.