The gems of advice offered to wives by this article include:
- Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs.
- Don't complain if he's late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.
- Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house.
Reaction to news of the article's discovery was swift. The American Husbands' Rights Society issued a press release calling for dramatically increased funding for NASA space exploration. Former US President Bill Clinton announced that he has long been searching for someone who can prove to him personally that this alien culture still exists. The National Organization for Women could not be reached for comment; on the one occasion this reporter was able to get through on their phone line, all that could be heard on the other end was riotous laughter.
Dear Faithful Reader,
The magazine article mentioned above is apparently a fabrication. This snopes.com post debunks the article's apparent source and argues that it is, however, reflective of commonly held attitudes from the fifties and sixties. As an illustrative example, snopes.com lists a number of wifely do's and don'ts from Helen B. Andelin's 1963 book Fascinating Womanhood that are chillingly similar to those from the fictitious Housekeeping Monthly feature.
We are all products of the environments in which we were raised. The next time you are tempted to be frustrated by the differences in attitudes between you and your elderly parents or grandparents, remember they grew up during a time when home economics textbooks offered vastly different messages than those delivered today.
All the best,
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