Friday, October 12, 2007

The good Wife Guide

This is an article that I ran across while I was surfing the net. Let me make something clear....
I do not agree with everything that is printed here, but I do agree with some of the things here. I will explain later. Anyway I know that the women that read my blog will have some things to say in the comment section, so please do comment.

Keep in mind that this article was written back in 1955. I cannot see my grandmother doing any of this shit. She was a hell raiser. This must have been only in white homes, because I cannot see a sista going along with this. It just goes to show how how different our two cultures are.

So read on and I will add my 2 cents at the end.

The Good Wife's Guide
From Housekeeping Monthly, 13 May, 1955.

1. Have dinner ready. 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 be thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed.
2. Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.
3. Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
4.Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Run a dust cloth over the tables.
5. During the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
6. Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.
7. Be happy to see him.
8. Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
9. Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first - remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
10. Don't greet him with complaints and problems.
11. Don't complain if he's late for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through at work.
12. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie him down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
13. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes.

14. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
15. Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.
16. A good wife always knows her place

Now.... If women were like this in today's world... Damn! Doesn't this sound like the Twilight Zone?

I know I would feel invincible if my wife were even close to being like this. I wonder if women actually were like this in the '50s? I cannot imagine coming home to a woman that followed these guidelines.

The women's Lib people would probably have a heart attack if this was written in 2007. Can you imagine the Talk shows doing a discussion on this subject?

But I guess all Husbands out there in the real world can read this and wish that this was their wife.

Uh Oh. I have to go. Wifey is calling me. Don't tell her I posted this OK? My couch is not as comfortable as my king sized bed.

U feel Me?


DJ Black Adam said...

No way this is true even for 1955!!

Kitty Glendower said...

Let my husband come at me with this list. It will be mutherfucka please. And I made his ass a homemade chicken pot pie yesterday. Clear the clutter. Fluff the pillow. Yeah, I'm all over that.

The Thinking Black Man said...

The ladies in my office were talking about this list a few months ago. I quietly closed my door and took a pass on getting pulled into the torrent.

You know a guy had to have written this, right? Yeah, his wife probably had his bags packed and waiting for him the day it was published.

Nice post, man!

brightstarr said...

I got this mess in my inbox a while back and had a good laugh off of it. LOL, I love jokes!!!

M.Kam said...

We talked about this at my school one day (northeastern university) and there were somet that guys said they agreed with....Now maybe they were just being foolish & trying to get the females riled up or maybe they were just stupid.

Sister P said...

I just saw this and never got it as email. I really don't see what's wrong with it. It seems like common courtesy to me.

And I'm not saying this to be funny, I really believe it. This is my 2nd marriage and I have learned that kindness and consideration begets itself.

Jazzylady said...

unfortunately, I have to say that it was, lol. I was born close enough to the time to know that it was. Since I never could get with the program anyway I will just say, borrrrrrrrrring, lol. That much domestic engineering would have bored me so bad I would have run from the house screaming into the night. I now hate cooking, having done it since I was yay big, hate house work, hate domesticity, and see no reason for any of it at my age. dirty red, don't let me read about you on the front pages "Wife beats husband over head with cast iron skillet for attempted domestication, 1950's style!"

Unknown said...

So sad this new generation of woman have no clue about how to keep a marriage happy. Guess that's y the divorce rate is so high. No one wants to take pride in making their spouse the happiest person on the planet , I mean what bad can possibly come out of this if both husband and wife are doing the things to keep each other happy. People rather do something else and be prideful rather then doing these things and become the woman he can't live without. Ugh woman today are so lost.