Why 1950s America was *Not* Magical!!

I’m at home today nursing some killer allergies and recuperating from the end of the school year. As such, I have spent the day browsing the web and watching bad television. I suppose it’s not all bad – I’ve watched the news (Casey Anthony dominates the headlines), Doctor Who, and skipped through some older sitcoms. One thing that struck me is how much people romanticize the past. Now, as a person clearly into history (historian, archaeologist, and necromantic linguistic), I certainly get that, but what always chaps my hide or, as my good friend Michelle likes to say, makes my teeth itch, is the notion that the past was somehow “better” that the world was “more innocent” or that things were “simpler.” The reality is that the past is the past for a good reason – if things were so super awesome in the the long-long ago, then we would still be doing those things. One decade that truly seems to embody this element is the 1950s – especially, 1950s America. We seem to think of this as a magical time when people lived morally and hard-work and dedication were respected and admired. The streets were paved with gum-drops and rainbows showered skittles into our esoteric buckets. Pfaaah. The 50s weren’t so great, and here are some good reasons why:

Polio – whenever I hear of parents refusing to vaccinate their children (my Mother now included – thank God not until I was well past vaccination age), this horrid disease comes to mind. Polio, now virtually eradicated, once was rampant – paralyzing and killing children. There was no treatment or cure. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the Salk vaccine was developed enough to provide immunity to 99% of recipients. Today, most children and adults have never been touched by the disease and fail to remember that it was once a killer of children.

Jim Crow Laws – before the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, racism and segregation were very tangible and culturally ingrained practices. This was a world of “Whites Only” drinking fountains and “Colored Only” cafés. While Brown vs. the Board of Education was handed down in 1954, most desegregation did not happen until the 1960s – amid violence.

The Korean War – Do you know what the Korean War was about? If you do, you’re in the minority – although more than 50,000 Americans were killed or MIA.

McCarthyism – “Have you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?” In the 1950s, the Red Fear had a solid grip on America and, under the leadership of Senator Joseph McCarthy, the US Government set out to eradicate the “subversive forces of Communism hiding in our nation.” Those target by Joseph McCarthy and the House Committee of Un-American Activities were largely political enemies, civil rights activitists, academics, artists, suspected homosexuals, and yes, even a few actual Communists (although in this country, we have always valued political freedom).

J. Edgar Hoover – in spite of an impressive women’s shoe collection, Hoover was a truly frightening man. If you lived during the 1950s, then Hoover probably had a file on you. A true meglomaniac and paranoid “protector” of America and its secrets, Hoover single-handedly trageted a number of American “subversists” including Martin Luther King, Jr.

1950s Television – In spite of commentaries to the contrary, television and film has not deteriorated in the last sixty years. Have you actually sat down and watched television from the 1950s? First of all, every single character is white and middle class – hardly representative of America at the time. As much as I love Lucille Ball as a feminist figure, every freaking episode of I Love Lucy was the same! The Honeymooners I credit with the creation of the “fat guy skinny wife” phenomon that pervades sitcoms even today. There were about three sitcom clichés of the day: jealousy, comedic misunderstanding, and defying gender roles (women working in an office?! The horror!)

1950s Music – Until the very end of the decade, the music of the 1950s was terrible. Remember that this was the time of Jim Crowe Laws and most proper Americans (aka – white men) did not like the idea of their children listening to “Black Music” – Rock n’ Roll and Jazz was considered outsider and without the existence of Napster and MySpace, even the most dedicated of hipsters couldn’t keep abreast. Trust me, music has improved (take that Mom & Dad).

Domestic Violence – It wasn’t until the 1970s that domestic violence became criminally prosecutable. While there are a few cases of extreme domestic violence going to court (usually involving murder), beating on your wife and children was considered discipline and law enforcement generally didn’t respond. In some states (notably California), it was actually illegal to prosecute men for spousal abuse as it was considered a form of sexual discrimination.

Sorry Working Women – In spite of the common fantasy perpetuated in media and some political figures, many women worked outside the home in the 1950s. Nearly every woman in a working class family found work outside the home – usually in some type of domestic role (maid, nanny, etc). Middle Class women generally stayed at home and ‘housewife depression’ was common-place (often referred to as the “feminine mystique”). If you decided that you wanted to work outside the home, less pay was common place and acceptable – as was passing you up for promotion or other benefits.

No Civil Rights – The Civil Rights Act was not passed until 1964. We think that the job market is tough now, think of what it was like when you could be screened for skin color and gender.

No Trousers for the Ladies – Except in certain acceptable situations (i.e. horseback riding), women wore skirts and dresses – all the time.

No Air Conditioning – It’s May in Texas and it’s been over 90 degrees every day for weeks. Not to mention ridiculously muggy. Yeah, sure, AC takes a lot of energy but if you’ve ever spent a July in Dallas, you literally thank God for the invention of the condensing unit. People die in heat waves. AC not only provides comfort but physical well-being.

No Federal Highways – The Federal Highway Act was signed in 1956 and thus began the 20 year construction of the national highway system. Today, we take highways for granted – you can pretty much get from point A to point B in a straight and reasonable line. Not so in the 1950s. Not only did your car (if you owned one) get pitiful gas-mileage, but interstate travel was a nightmare. Imagine driving from New York City to Los Angeles using primarily state and local roads. And this was before Google Maps!

No Private Telephone Lines – If you had a telephone in the 1950s (most Americans did not), you probably had what was called a party line, meaning you shared it with anywhere from 2-8 other households. Eaves-dropping on neighbors was so common place that it ended up in much of the popular culture of the time (a common plot line for sitcom clichés #1 & #2). Oh, and you couldn’t call over-seas (an estimated 25-40% of Americans were illiterate at this time, so no phone communication = no communication).

Only 48 States – Alaska and Hawaii weren’t admitted until 1959. 48 Stars made the flag look silly.

And again, I would like to reiterate the horrors of Polio. Seriously, get your children inoculated. This disease was devastating.

Now, I’m not saying that there wasn’t anything good about the 1950s. In fact, a lot of great literature was written at the time – J. D. Salinger, Tennessee Williams, Jack Kerouac… however, I am saying that this was not a ‘magical’ time – most times in our past were not. It is dangerous to idealize events, people, cultures, and time – appreciate the nows for what they are. I love that I have an iPhone, that I can look up information 24/7 without having to go to the library, that I have amazing access to entertainment media. There is a reason why the past is the past.

46 thoughts on “Why 1950s America was *Not* Magical!!

  1. Michael Hulshof-Schmidt

    Jen, you did a lovely job of delineating exactly why the 1950s was a mar on American History. However, you neglected to mention that, regardless of what an evil man J. Edgar Hoover was, he looked absolutely marvelous in his bikini and pink flowered bathing cap. In all seriousness, he was a huge well known closet queen that viciously went after gay or perceived as gay people and had them investigated, as per his being tied up with McCarthy (pun intended).

    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      See, this is where we disagree. I thought that he looked terrible in a bikini. The guy needed to learn about man-scaping. It looked like he was wearing a sweater under that top!
      On a serious note, is there evidence that he was gay in addition to being a transvestite? I try to be cautious about combining the two. No doubt that his own shame and fear fueled his pathology.

  2. norm

    I agree with what you have said, I use the same arguments on the reactionaries that want to take us back to a better time. Dirt floors, outhouses and handpumps were common in my neighborhood up into the 70s. Driving pig-eyed drunk was a common weekend entertainment-no the 21st is no picnic but it beats the mid- 20th.

    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      19502 plumbing!! I should have totally included that. My mother didn’t get indoor plumbing until the 60s (when they built a new house). The ‘old house’ didn’t get it until the 70s or 80s.

  3. kathy

    Jennifer, Thank you for taking the time to write this. I’m so tired of my mom, who was beaten by my dad, sending me this “Land Of Sara Lee” crap. Last time she far-warded me an e-mail like that I mentioned a few of the same things. I hope you don’t mind if I write a poem about the bad old stuff using some of your insights. I know I should be grateful that my mom is still alive and at 82 knows how to forward an e-mail, when most people her age refuse to try, and I am.

    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      You are more than welcome to any of this info! Please post your poem when you finish it, I would love to read it. I don’t think that the day now is perfect and of course some things in the past were great, but idealizing a time period or a culture is always dangerous. I got a forward from an aunt and uncle that prompted me to write this – I originally hit the ‘reply-all’ button and simply pointed out all of the anachronisms in the ‘back in my day’ chain letter.

  4. Bill McGill

    I have just received the last (now blocking) of I’m guessing 30 email odes to the 50s from some of my retired friends and colleagues. I’m 63. I spent my 4th thru 12th years in that decade. It was OK but over-rated.

    Let’s face it … the only real attraction was that life SEEMED to be simpler back then. And let’s also be honest about the fact that society then was not multi cultural which most people preferred then and a lot even now. This despite the fact that our roots are from other countries and cultures. Amazing how people forget or even deny that simple fact. You want a single culture? Then check out China, Japan, and the Middle East. How many of us move there?

    I hated the Honeymooners. It just reminded me of the struggles my folks had back then. Gleason
    was smart. He developed storylines and a depressing studio set that made people back then feel like they were not as poor or struggling as Ralph and Alice were. But it was “Ugh” !

    Memories are faulty. Union Hardware roller skates were crap. But you could yank them apart and make scooters with them if you had a few wood milk cartons around. Give me smoother and faster roller blades anyday. Money was tight. Homes were small and apartments were depressing. Autos looked baroque and some were pretty neat but all built deliberately to last four years (kind of like PCs today).

    Ike may have been one of the last of our quietly visionary presidents who actually got some stuff done. Hoover was probably well named and a creep. WW II and Korean vets were largely ignored in many cases and this persisted through the 70s.

    I enjoyed the 60s more but those were scary challenging times … better music … lousy politics .. lousy war … civil rights delayed and then gone mad. Faulty memories there too. 95% of us were drug free and 5% got all the headlines. I like my toys today. I’ve done well (good work ethic lessons in our family) but not a real rich guy. The past IS the past. I like today and what tomorrow might offer. The 70s had stagflation and try saving for a home back then!

    Interesting though, the same weird “living in the past” thing also applies to a lot of folks of all decades when it come to school. I really don’t remember any teachers or professors save lovely Miss McNamara in the 1st grade, my first crush. Why would I romance about drunken frat parties every single time at a barbeque or party? Some folks just can’t let go and get on with the future.

    I have a wonderful daughter in law who is second generation Vietnamese and a real go-getter. Two great (so far) grandkids and two sons who’ve managed their way along to solid citizen status. So, all in all, I like today very much despite our thieving politicians on both sides of the aisle (no change there either). My only disappointment is that Popular Mechanics back in 1957 promised we’d all have mini helicopters in our driveway. OK, so where are they??!! Hyundai are you listening? : )

    Bill from central NJ (which is not slums and old factories … lots of farms and horses on the way to AC and shore points) … nice website by the way!

  5. norma

    Having been raised with your mother, things were VERY rough back then. We finially got plumbing before I started school in 1959 then we built a new house in 1963. Your mother always thought she had it very bad because she lived on a farm. We both had the one thing a lot of our friends did not have. LOVE. We went all the way through school together and had one of the best friendships ever. The fifties were a blur since they were the first 6 years of our lives and the sixties were very different for me anyway. The seventies were the best for me.

    Love Norma

  6. EM

    I’m completely agreeing- except that I Love Lucy was some pretty good writing for a two camera, G rated, no crossing the 180 era sitcom. And Elvis and Chuck Berry were 50’s (later 50’s, granted). 40’s-50’s had some pretty impressive blues too. Also, MPG doesn’t matter as much when gas prices were so relatively low.

    None of that makes up for Jim Crow and walking into the back of restaurants, of course. The repression, marginalization of the 50’s is mostly sad and disappointing. I’d say music and T.V. was starting to make strides though.

  7. Steven

    I would like to thank for the energy you have put in writing this blog.
    I’m looking to see othersite post from you in the future. please also excuse my poor english as it’s not
    my first language.

  8. Emily

    I must say though, the point on women only being able to wear skirts is not all that bad. I do love a nice pair of pants but I can’t say I’d be all that bothered if I was never to wear them again.
    The other points were ace though. Helped me on a vce assignment. thanks

  9. A. Wyatt Mann

    Hundreds of thousands of whites beaten and killed thanks to “civil rights” isn’t a benefit, except in the minds of brainwashed fools.

  10. Gloria

    My mother was talking to me about the 50’s a few days ago, she’s 78 now and she was telling me today it’s a lot easier (we are living the good ole days)….

    You see, I am a single mother of one, he’s 16 and I work as a nurse… according to my mom this would had been IMPOSSIBLE if we were in the 50’s….

    1. I am a woman: I would expected to be lady like at all times, NEVER express my opinion and NEVER EVER interrupt men when they were talking… my goal in life should focus on getting married and popping 4 or 5 children because being a mom should be a woman’s main goal in life, plus cooking, cleaning, and getting ready so when hubby comes home, everything would be spotless so hubby wouldn’t get annoyed.

    2. I come from a Hispanic background, which meant I was a second class citizen, my mom used to live in Houston and she told me she would get dirty looks everywhere she went… sometimes she would even be refused service and be asked to leave, though segregation was mostly aimed towards blacks.. according to my mom Hispanics were invisible… (there were plenty in Texas but no one took them into account) as if they didn’t exist.

    3. Studying was actually for the well off back then, the masses could not really aspire to a university degree, being a high school drop out was absolutely normal and acceptable, especially for women (As we were supposedly dumber than men and school could overwhelm us easier)

    4. As a Single mom, I would have had to hide that from society because yes…. I would had been ostracized, an outcast… it was not rare for younger single mothers to pretend their children were their siblings, teen moms (which apparently was not that rare) would be sent away to boarding schools, they would vanish leaving the communities they belonged to wondering what happened to them, while the family would pretend these lovely pure girls went to live with some family in some other state.

    Bigoted attitudes were rampant and acceptable because according to the logic back then a bigoted, harsh character showed strong good values.
    (according to my mom few seem to remember this, but poorer rural whites “rednecks” were also harshly discriminated against by other whites, although not in a racial manner, but in a degrading “I am better than you because I live in the city” manner.
    The 50’s was new money America… so it was actually ok for a well off white person who had just made it into the middle class to humiliate, mock and degrade a poor white person because they were poor!!! (my mom who worked cleaning the bathrooms of a department store, remembers upper class white ladies complaining to store managers because “poorer white customers” were shopping there and then they would demand the managers to ask these “disgraceful looking people” to leave the store and managers would do it gladly, because the store reputation would suffer if they had customers not only minorities by people from outside the city (the country) shopping there.

    (my mom knew a white woman who lived like the leave it to beaver mom…. white, married to a very handsome white man, with five children and she would get beaten daily by her husband, she would show my mom her scars and bruises and cry about it…. both (my mom and the lady) thought there was nothing wrong though, he was just being a protective husband and maybe she was just nagging too much!!!!

    I would like to mention their friendship was only possible behind closed doors, because publicly they couldn’t really interact as they were both from different races and the woman’s husband would literally kill her if people would gossip about her befriending people of color…. and whites who would interact with people of color would be thought of as communists. (back then having a differing view of the world made you un-american and a commie)

  11. Gloria

    Spousal abuse in the 50’s….. look at this link to a newspaper’s survey made in the 50’s… and this is new york (one of the most cosmopolitan places in America), imagine how it was like in middle America!

  12. Mrs. Horror Boom (HorrorBoom.com)

    Reblogged this on HORROR BOOM and commented:
    How does this relate to American Horror Story Season Four, you ask? Well, a few days ago Ryan Murphy announced this “period piece” that Jessica Lange was “already working on her German accent for”, would definitely be set in 1950, but refusing to, well, spoil the fun and give more than some very vague hints about… so we’re speculation. On the basis of a sort of out-of-context line in the January 15th episode which Ryan Murphy said contained an “easter egg” as a clue, our money is on McCarthyism as a theme (wheeee! We hope we’re wrong) with a title like American Horror Story – Red Scare. This excellent piece by Indiana Jen will give you some more food for thought…

      1. Mrs. Horror Boom (HorrorBoom.com)

        My pleasure! Yeah, there was some great music, and I’m deeply in love with mid-century modern architecture, but otherwise? My mom HATED it. I watch the early seasons of Mad Men and think about how if I worked at Sterling-Cooper I’d last an hour, MAX, before I got fired for punching someone in the face or throwing Pete Campbell out the window. And that was the early 60s…

  13. RalphK

    Sorry, Jen, but I must take exception to your statement that Air Conditioning did not exist in the 1950s. In 1948 or 1949 a huge window AC (I think it was termed a one ton model) was installed in our home in the upper Midwest and it did a good job cooling the house. AC was first installed in automobiles in the 1930s (Packard) but the first really successfully ones were introduced in 1953 by Chrysler and 1954 by Nash. I admit that my 1956 Chevrolet had no AC but it was my patrol car and my money went into the powerplant.

  14. Kent

    Sure the 1950s had its problems. Every decade does. But, the country did seem to have higher standards back then. People had much more self-respect then. And a respect for their creator. You can’t compare technologies. People can’t miss what they’ve never had or seen. Going to the library was normal. Not always having access to modern plumbing…common. And the music wasn’t bad by 1950s standards. Better than the rap crap of today.
    Driving on 2 lane highways was normal. 1950s TV was normal..for the 1950s. Party lines were common. That didn’t make it worse…just different. Of course, it would seem bad to go back, but at the time, people enjoyed what they had and didn’t constantly sit around moaning about what might be created in the future to make their lives so much easier. What’s worse today? Loss of family…Loss of community. Higher crimes rates. Adults acting like children instead of as adults. Loss of respect for authority…that deserved it. Children were much more likely to grow up in a 2 parent household. Children being able to run freely and safely in the neighborhoods. Neighbors knowing neighbors. Not always having to lock your homes and vehicles. People weren’t so easily offended or feeling ‘disrespected.’ You didn’t have to worry about being shot for looking at someone the wrong way or committing ‘road rage’. I’ll much more take the opinion of someone who was born in the 30s or 40s instead of a Millennial when discussing the 1950s. And those that I talked to still remember the 50s fondly. 30 years from now, when things are probably even worse, someone will be complaining about how the Jens of the world thought the 2010s were ‘magical’..

  15. phred

    Tvthis is all the usual regurgitated Lib hogwash. The 50s can easily be quantified as the apex of America for any number of reasons. The claims made in this blog arr incredibly vapid, incapable of putting a ding on the greatest economy ever. More people reported being not just happy, but VERY happy between 1955 and 1960 than at any other time. Lowest nurder rate existed in 1957. The real music of any American whose IQ exceeded their shoe size back then was jazz. This white-peoples cry about Jim Crow Laws completely ignores the fact that it was jazz that elevated the status of blacks more than any laws ever passed or repealed. The most popular prime time TV show then? Nat King Cole. The fifties was when Americans had buying power and true democracy, liberty and freedom ruled. Which is precisely why the self-centered social engineers, crony capitalists snd Liberals of today all try their unqualified best to belittle the grestest of all eras in our history.

    1. sebhai

      “More people reported being not just happy, but VERY happy between 1955 and 1960 than at any other time”

      Did you have any statistics? They done a survey back then?

    2. Steven Burstein

      My Aunt wailed that everybody in the 50s hid behind a “Leave it to Beaver” facade, and that it was a “Dangerous time to be Jewish”!?! Is there another way of looking at the Decade?

  16. sebhai

    In this instance, this thread, does something count as crime if there is a conviction or simply if a report is made?
    In 1950 a jury of all white guys would have had a reasonably easy time acquitting one of their own and thus no conviction would have gone on record. I think maybe “the mob” got away with more violent crime so that it looked like it never happened. Priests raped children but they were not reported or convicted.
    I could come up with a dozen more examples but I gotta eat lunch.
    things went under reported heavily. Child abuse/rape was not reported at all. Rape of adult women like was not reported at all because fault always lay on the victim.

    In 1950 a divorced woman was considered an unreliable witness in court. If she wore pants she was a whore. Little things like this could make or break you in court.

    It was illegal for chinese immigrants to testify in court…

    The same stuff was going on back then and at the same rate if not more had it been reported.
    Maybe it seemed lower because beating your spouse and kids didn’t count as crime back then. Rapes went unreported because if you did then everyone said it was your own fault.
    Actually if you look at the stats, crime (and poverty) are much lower today than the 50s, even considering the current economic problems.

    The notion that it’s higher has a lot to do with the media focusing on it, and living in a society where black/white/hispanic are no longer separate.

    1. Jennifer Carey Post author

      When they cite crime statistics, they tend to go by reported crime to the police, not convictions. And you are absolutely right, women who were sexually assaulted rarely (even now) report their crimes and police in the 1950’s would not have taken an account of sexual violence if a woman were drugged, married to her perpetrator, or deemed “un-rapable” (e.g. a woman of color, a prostitute, a homeless person, etc); violence against people of color often went unrecorded by the police, domestic violence wasn’t a crime, etc. So a better phrasing would be that there was less “recorded” crime in the 1950’s, not that crime itself was lower.

    1. clevertitania

      By your definitions. And by my definitions, any person who would say such a thing, would NOT make a good husband. It’s patently absurd to say women living in a world where they were ostracized for wearing pants and were unlikely to get justice for being beaten by their husbands, is a world with better wives in it.

      Not to mention that a woman’s worth has NOTHING to do with what kind of a wife anyone thinks she would make.

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  18. Thomas

    In terms of the arts, I actually think that the decade had a lot going for it. In fact, I generally consider the 50s to be the greatest decade for film – along with the 70s. The dreaded Hays Code that forced Hollywood to avoid certain topics/content forced some of the more daring filmmakers (Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Preston Sturges) to be creative and resulted in some damn great movies. Was there a lot of crap? Heavens yes. But there was also a ton of great stuff being produced – more timeless stuff, I think, then we’re getting nowadays.

    And I do love 50s men’s fashion. I particularly miss hats.

    But yeah, apart from that… You had men being drafted into the military, even during peacetime. You had the general lack of options for women. You had the lack of civil rights for pretty much all minorities, from blacks to gays to anyone else who didn’t quite fit in the status quo. You had corporal punishment – at home, and even at school – as an almost universal fact of life for most children and many wives. You had the far less developed medical technology, and far inferior understanding of mental health problems.

    So I’ll take the films and the music and the literature (most of the best examples of each are still readily available), and leave most of the rest.

    …And I guess I could still wear one of those awesome hats – if I didn’t mind looking a bit weird.

  19. nonnie

    Amazing 1950s things:
    riding standing up in my open side window and having the door spring open and grinding off my tonails … then, standing up in the middle front seat of our 1950s auto as i barreled with my father to the next beer stop

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  21. Ian Coleman

    I was born in 1952, so I saw the fifties (and the culturally similar sixties) through the eyes of a child. So I view those times with fond nostalgia. Of course, I’m not a racial minority or female, so you can factor those advantages in. What is the greatest advance in my lifetime from the fifties? The improvement in oral health. Now young people who have never had anydental caries are commonplace, but in 1960 everybody who still had teeth had fillings. And going to the dentist was often agonizingly painful.

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  23. Norman Smith

    Whether you like the 50’s or not, it clearly was the last hurrah for white America…and indeed the Western world. Perhaps Europeans needed a stratified society with harsh guidelines in order to survive. It should be plain to all that our culture is doomed. Swallowed up by the vast “other”…….enjoy!

  24. Erin

    The fifties and sixties were tough. I guess some thought they were so good because compared to the Depression years, they were better. Besides what you mentioned, there was the awful stigma of unwed mothers and how horribly they were treated by their parents and society. Many were sent away to give up the baby and never saw them again. That’s a nice thing to come back and bite you somewhere down the line. Also, treatment for mental illness consisted of shock, tranquilizers, and horrible institutions. There was discrimination against race, religion, gender, economic, and, basically, everything. Not the good old days at all. However, some great music did come out of this era…..probably because there was such hard times and the poets always write about that.

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  27. The Serious Truth

    Well i can certainly tell you this which the women in the 50’s and 60’s were certainly much nicer and Easier to meet in those days compared to today.

  28. The Serious Truth

    To add more to my topic which is the Real Truth which Most women and men made their Marriage last a very long time since many of our Family Members are still together today as i speak as well. Most women and men did Respect one another as well and were very Faithful which is the Real Reason why Most Marriages lasted. Most women too in those days had a very Good Personality and Didn’t have such a very bad Attitude Problem like they have today unfortunately which is very sad how the women of today have really Changed from the Past. Today with many women having a Career now made it much Worse since they really think that they are God’s gift to men making a Six Figure Income which was Unheard of years ago. These women now are so very high maintenance, independent, selfish, spoiled, greedy, picky, narcissists, and so very money hungry now more than ever before. This has Caused many Marriages to fail since these women now know that they Can make it on their own with all their Independence that they have now. I had this happened to me which i was a Very Good Husband and Never mistreated her at all since i was very caring and very Loving to her and i had a lot of Respect for her as well. But guess what, it still Wasn’t Good Enough for her since she Cheated on me which Ended my Marriage. I had a friend that had this happened to him as well, especially that he had children too which he was also a very Good Husband as well. Quite a Change in the women of today compared to the Good old days.

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