How to Be a Good Wife in the 1950s

How about we send an army of fierce feminists back to the 1950s in a time machine to sort out this guy???Listen to this piece of advice from the MAN who wrote this article (decades ago) on how to be a good wife: “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. A good wife always knows her place.” Hilarious, but not. Imagine how many wonderfully talented women have been put down by this sort of bilge through the ages! Ideally a couple should serve each other as equals…and that’s when the good times roll. What do you think?


Things are very different from how they were in the 1950s. But we can all learn a little from reading about being a good housewife in the 1950s.

The “Good Wife’s Guide” is a magazine article rumored to have been published in the May 13, 1955 issue of Housekeeping Monthly, describing how a good wife should act

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9 thoughts on “How to Be a Good Wife in the 1950s

  1. I can only quote from Joseph Conrad: “The horror, the horror.” And then I think of a movie, “The Stepford Wives” in which women were replaced by robots who were exactly that way. Oddly, the article doesn’t mention sex.

    • Yes, the horror! Don’t know what I would have done had I been a 50s wife…probably killed Hubby. Stepford Wives…what to say??? Oh, as for sex, I am sure the woman was urged to be everything the man wanted her to be – minus any expectations from her side, of course.

      • Thinking a bit more about this, I see the goal of the advice being partly that the husband should have a life style that imitates someone in an upper class with a household staff, with the wife playing the roles of butler, cook, maid, nanny, etc. In that sense it is an aspirational fantasy.

      • I like that – aspirational fantasy indeed. The writer (male) certainly had an ulterior motive. I hope he married a hard-core feminist.

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