In the 50s (not to mention, for quite sometime beforehand), society praised women for devoting their days to homemaking and child-rearing. Then the women's lib movement came along, and this lifestyle slowly started to be viewed as "women wasting their potential".
My mother was a STAHM for many years throughout the 80s and 90s. At social events, people would talk to my dad for a minute, then generally ask "and what do YOU do Shirley?" She would answer with "I'm a mother" or "I'm a homemaker", and recalls instantly being treated like she was somehow less interesting to talk to (being dismissed with an offhand "Oh" or "That's nice). Sometimes she was even then asked "But what do you DO?"!
I am also a SAHM, but we seem to be greeted differently today. More people seem to once again think that our choice is something to be admired for.
Do you think society's views are turning again?
Answer by EternalDreams at 6:29 PM on Apr. 20, 2010
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Answer by kc932 at 7:44 PM on Apr. 20, 2010
homemaker='oh you dont work'.........LOL I get it all the time. Now I dont bother explaining that I DO work. I have more jobs than most people in a job outside the home and dont get paid. My payment is seeing my home nice and my children happy. Nuff said!
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