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May 26, 2011
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Memories
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I have to say I love to see old films with the stars of the 40's. This was the era when "men were men, and women were women". However, it was also the era of Rosie the Riveter and the freeing of women from traditional roles. Don't you think we are much better off now?Laughing

May 28, 2011
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I think we are much better off now. Unfortunately in the past "men being men" generally led to inequality and the exclusion of men who did not fit in with societal norms. I prefer today, though we still have a long way to go. Men and women cover such a broad spectrum of "types" and that is what makes people amazing.

May 29, 2011
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A lot of older women tend to want to go back to that age. All of my friends think men were men then and women were women. I tell them really? You want to go back to when we were confined to the home and had to make dinner for hubby every day? I don't think so!

June 1, 2011
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I dunno, I think it is sad that many of today's men and women do not have the same moral values that were held back then. I really respect how tight the family unit was back then.

June 2, 2011
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My husband is no youngster and has some old fashioned ideas about women, but he doesn't treat me like a second class citizen. I do most of the cooking because I'm better at it than him and he does most of the heavy gardening and jobs around the house because he's better at it than I am!

June 2, 2011
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Personally, I think it is a blend of each that would make for a much better world.  Here are some points to consider.  Back in the 40's many men and women were unable to attend college.  Yet, they could provide for the family, and the amount of respect they held for each other, and the way people treated each other was much kinder then how people are treated now a days.  Some things got lost in our  current mechanized world.  Family ties aren't as strong.  Instead of working together, it is more, what about me, or what's in it for me mentality.  In the 1940's there was more of a community spirit and involvement.  Now, it is any excuse to not get involved.  In the working world, things may have taken a bit longer to do in the good old days, but that meant more jobs for everyone to do!  Equality for men and women?  Sorry, still not buying that, but  I will say this.  It is because of the women who dared to take on the hard jobs, and be paid less for doing the same job and doing it well that opened the door for the next generation to pick up the torch and move forward.  Better now then before?  Let's just say different.        

June 3, 2011
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The family unit might have been "stronger" but I really think that women might not have necessarily been happier. Many women were stuck in marriages they did not want to be in. I've heard personal accounts of women who were abused and encouraged to stay in the marriage because it was their role.

June 4, 2011
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Scarlett said:

The family unit might have been "stronger" but I really think that women might not have necessarily been happier. Many women were stuck in marriages they did not want to be in. I've heard personal accounts of women who were abused and encouraged to stay in the marriage because it was their role.


I have to agree. My own parents appeared to be happy enough when I was a child but I realised how overbearing my father was as I became an adult. Divorce just wasn't an option for them. It just wasn't done.
June 7, 2011
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FlorrieMay said:


I have to agree. My own parents appeared to be happy enough when I was a child but I realised how overbearing my father was as I became an adult. Divorce just wasn't an option for them. It just wasn't done.
 

 

Yes, it sometimes takes us growing up to realize that things weren't ideal back then, they just seemed like it. The people in the 1940s weren't more simple than they are now – but society treated them differently. They were just as complex as we are now. Some people just weren't meant to be married to each other then or now, and some people were abusive then as they are now.

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