Anonymous commented on an older post the following:
Quoting Lori Alexander: “Many in our nation has become quite lazy in the last several generation. Women would rather be on the Internet or watch TV than keep their homes clean and tidy.”
“Here is an interesting point — I think she gets this from an outdated caricature. In a recent viewing of old “I Love Lucy” reruns, it was obvious that a lot of time seemed to be spent on bridge games, etc., but among the average housewife that was hardly the case. Only the upper class or upper middle class ladies had time for clubs, bridge, the “soaps” and so forth. Obviously for “Lucy” they had those in for the plots, but I strongly doubt the average wife and mother had time for clubs and bridge games. Maybe she listened to the “soaps” on the radio while she was cleaning, but other than that I seriously doubt anybody ever lived in that way. My parents, grandparents and in-laws certainly didn’t.”
That reminded me of this excerpt from a book that highlighted an article that was published in a 1950s magazine. Pay attention to the footnote. The article presented itself like this is the day in the life of the average housewife, but apparently readers were furious at this misrepresentation of what it is like to be at home all day.