Men simply treated women as lesser beings that were there to be at their beck and call. The surveys allow May a remarkable window onto might be an otherwise difficult to grasp part of life. If you're into the Cold War, 1950s culture, or what life would be like without feminism, it's definitely a good read. By the time the 50s and 60s rolled around, women began to find their voice and feminist attitudes began to challenge the old norms. We will not sell or rent your email address to third parties. It is also a strong effort to dismiss the 50s as an ideal for family life, finding it more anomaly than historically continuous. Weren't minority families important in the Cold War era too? This book maybe doesn't do quite as much with its material as I might hope, but the material alone is pretty great.
In the new order, Zeus stood as chief god. For part of the class, you have to do a non-fiction book report, from a set list, and I chose Homeward Bound by Elaine Tyler May for well, the reason above. Of particular interest were the comments, written by the survey participants in their own words, describing their personal opinions about their satisfaction with their marriages and their sexuality. Homeward Bound is written with admirable clarity. Using a lot of pop culture references throughout, the book remains mostly factual base but in an easy to digest form. This book will certainly make you understand how far we have come and how family life has changed since the Cold War.
May advocates of how sexual containment was actualized as an ideology which was openly accepted and centralizes on gender roles which were actually defined as women being mothers and men being the bread winners. The book is widely researched and contained well researched information of the genesis of important American social history facet all through the cold war and the great depression impact aftermath. I had forgotten what a superbly written and compelling read it is. Like sex, consumerism had a central role in this domestic ideology. Rather, it was the first wholehearted effort to create a home that would fulfill virtually all its members' personal needs through an energized and expressive personal life. I really enjoyed reading it again.
On the other hand the book is quite readable and there are some very interesting insights regarding the uniqueness of post-World War Two America in relation to the rest of our history, particularly the generation that saw World War One and the Great Depression. Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era. It serves as an excellent examination of Cold War-era gender roles and the movements that challenged them. May shows how American domestic life mirrored the need for security with the boxy ranch-style home, fenced in back yard, and the family spending time indoors in front of the television — all protected from the evils of the outside world. Well researched and well written.
Still, her argument is tightly written, and her prose is unusually engaging for an academic monograph. Of particular interest were the comments, written by the survey participants in their own words, describing their personal opinions about their satisfaction with their marriages and their sexuality. The author continues in a well humored manner explaining how security was undermined by modern life, and later in the late 1940s and run deep to the late 1960s, the Americans all wanted some sense of security within the vicinity of their homes which they believed was more secure than the security that the government was instilling. Teenagers, of course, wanted to bang so they were encouraged to marry younger and younger. For those of you who have thought primarily about the Cold War in terms of foreign policy or anticommunist politics a la McCarthy, Homeward Bound is a fantastic and quick read that will expand your ideas about the Cold War home front, gender, sexuality, and class. May goes deep into family and suburban life to paint the early Cold War period as a time when patriotism forced women into homemaker roles and encouraged consumerism.
The marks and callouses they bear come from running and jumping, neither of which my grandmother has ever done. They were expected to go to college to find a husband, then bail on school or any other thoughts on a career to have children, wait on their husbands, and run the house. This point deserved expansion, as the readjustment of returning veterans to post-war America was linked to the reception they received by the women they had idolized during the war. While May's primary focus is on the late 1940s and 1950s, her final chapter links the unresolvable tensions of the 50s--primarily the commitment of women to upholding a sort of separate spheres ideology that was becoming both economically and psychologically not to mention sexually non-viable. Very interesting to think about.
Weren't minority families important in the Cold War era too? Surrounded by consumer goods, the couple enters the bomb shelter for two weeks. The only weakness in this book is the exclusion of the black American women in the context although the white majority of the middle class represent the whole middle class. The author seemed to stretch her point a bit too far. Previously, cases addressing valid laws serving the public may be enforced against the press as they are against others. I read this book for a second time for a class I'm assisting with. Parents contributed to the civic good through raising good children, rather than participating in public sphere debates. Surrounded by consumer goods, the couple enters the bomb shelter for two weeks and will have nothing more for entertainment than canned goods and each other.
To her chagrin, the domesticity of women became the norm, and the man became the undisputed king of his castle. She proposes a direct correlation between political containment and domestic containment. This would later be reversed as men took advantage of the situation of being the bread winners. The thesis in the book are well researched and provided with eloquent and sufficient supporting evidence that are proof enough of a book well researched. Men simply treated women as lesser beings that were there to be at their beck and call. I just reread it because I assigned two chapters to my Postwar America class.
It serves as an excellent examination of Cold War-era gender roles and the movements that challenged them. For example, sexuality was okay, as long as it was contained. Elaine May takes this containment idea and writes about how it applied to pretty much everything. From these facts she further adds that the post war was accompanied with a lot profound stresses. This paper describes the content of each chapter in May's novel.