Do pretty girls have to be domesticated?

Growing up, I was often told the story of a pretty girl who this man fell head over heels in love with and so he married her and whisked her away to his home for them to live happily ever after. That did not happen. Homeboy found out that she not only cannot boil water, but cannot clean, make a bed, wash, iron or hang a curtain. In short order he returned her to her mother’s house with the note “teach your daughter how to be a wife before you unleash you on society.” Ouch!


How to train up your man…

So the other day my friend Sancia tagged me in a Facebook post where a circa 1950s ad was making the rounds about how husbands should train up their wives to be good housekeepers. You and I both know that that was the era of female domesticity and if you couldn’t cook, wash or take care of a bunch of screaming brats, you were seen as deficient and not quite a woman. Praise God that those backwards days are gone….for the most part. Continue reading…