A 1950s Housewife by Sheila Hardy

By Sheila Hardy

A nostalgic, humorous examine what it used to be quite wish to be a Fifties housewife during the tales of these who were

Being a housewife within the Fifties used to be really a special event from this present day. After the independence of the wartime years, girls now needed to depart their jobs once they married and help their husband via making a spotless domestic, scrumptious foodstuff, and an inviting bed room. From inventive cleansing counsel and ration-book recipes to domestic decor notion, the homemaking equipment of the Fifties which are amassed right here supply an unique and poignant perception into the lives of Fifties girls. This publication additionally deals heartwarming own anecdotes from girls who launched into married lifestyles in this interesting postwar interval, offering a visit down reminiscence lane for any spouse or baby of the Fifties.

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In Nagasaki, for example, the shogunate’s surveillance of prostitutes who served foreign clients produced a criminal case record that provided intriguing details about indentured women’s day-­to-­day concerns. In Edo, the documentary record was silent on these issues, but it provided many more examples of how brothel keepers navigated their relationship with the shogunate. Records from villages in Musashi and Ko¯ zuke provinces, on the other hand, contained a wealth of information on how local residents perceived the prostitutes who worked in their midst.

This method of organization asks the reader to keep track of movements across space as well as changes over time. Yet I believe this structure has an important advantage over the single-­city studies that have been typical of histories of prostitution in other times and places. First of all, as noted above, labor arrangements and working conditions in the sex trade varied depending on the particulars of a town’s economy and its position in relation to roads, temples, mines, and harbors. Moreover, a region’s position as a supplier of women to work in brothels or as a center of demand for sexual services often determined local residents’ attitudes toward prostitution and prostitutes.

He left behind a personal diary, in which he wrote of his daily struggles to collect taxes and settle violent disputes, and a register of crimes and punishments, in which he made note of the harsh penalties he imposed on men and women who disrupted the functioning of the mine. His writings had no coherent ideological agenda; they did not set out any grand principles for organizing society. Instead, they represented a series of practical responses to the difficulties of managing a conflict-­ridden, violent, and deeply divided community.

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