Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Love, Honor and Obey.


I pasted a copy into my journal of an email I received recently.
In today's times it is ridiculous and 'laughable', but it also made me angry.


I have an old book from the 50's titled 'Woman's World' which is filled with similar crap. It was marketed for newly wed women as a type of homemakers bible! "A perfect Wedding Gift". Although most of the written content is absurd, the illustrations in it are fabulous and I was inspired to draw.


Below is a copy of the email .

This is an actual excerpt from a sex education text book printed in the early 60's in the UK, and written by a woman!

"When retiring to the bedroom prepare yourself for bed as promptly as possible. Whilst feminine hygiene is of the utmost importance, your tired husband does not want to queue for the bathroom as he would have to do for a train. But remember to look your best when going to bed. Try to achieve a look that is welcoming without being obvious. If you need to apply face cream or hair rollers, wait until he is asleep as this can be shocking to a man last thing at night. When it comes to the possibility of intimate relations with your husband, it is important to remember your marriage vows and, in particular, your commitment to obey him. If he feels that he needs to sleep immediately, then so be it. In all things be led by your husband's wishes. Should your husband suggest congress, then, agree humbly, all the while being mindful that a man's satisfaction is more important than a woman's. When he reaches his moment of fulfillment, a small moan from yourself is encouraging to him and quite sufficient to indicate any enjoyment that you may have had.
Should your husband suggest any of the more unusual practices, be obedient and uncomplaining but register any reluctance by remaining silent. It is likely your husband will then fall promptly asleep, so re-adjust your clothing, freshen up and apply your night-time face and hair products. You may then set the alarm so you can arise shortly before him in the morning. This will enable you to have his morning cup of tea ready when he wakes."


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9 comments:

Linda said...

:-D I'm laughing so hard I'm afraid my husband is going to want to come up here and see what's so funny -- and I'm not at all freshened up... :-D

Lindsay said...

All that college education wasted! I should have just remembered that an MRS degree was all I ever needed to be happy in life!!
Funny, you'd think this absurd stuff would just die an unatural death....but here it is alive and kicking some poor babe. Great laugh.

Renate said...

Oh yes, heaven on earth! For the men ...
Poor girls, long enough most lived such a live. And I'm sure, there are still some of them.

I'll change the persons in the text and then will show it my hubby :)

Alison said...

Oh my God! I've been doing it all wrong for 26 years :) I know an artist who silscreens tea-towels and other domestic things using these 50's texts and colours.They're a lot of fun - as is your journal entry.

Tami said...

Thank God, we have come a long way!!! I am so independent, it rankles me even reading it. On the other hand, our Mother's must have objected too, or we would still be receiving the same "gift books".

Felicity said...

Makes my blood boil! We can laugh now but it wasn't that long ago and let's face it, some men still want things this way and things ARE still this way - and worse - in much of the world.

Came by because of your comment on EDM - please don't think of giving up, your illustrations are too wonderful to think like that!!

AnastasiaC said...

so glad times have changed - I just laugh at how woman were encouraged to act...gosh its not that long ago though is it? we've come a long way!

Dawn said...

Oh. My. God.

Julie Oakley said...

I'm mystified – isn't this what every woman does?