Yesterday I ran across two great posts that I wanted to share; first, Rachel’s, which details some advice from magazines of the 1950s. (One magazine from the 70s that I sometimes bring into my classes has an article about how to raise your son to be a “real man” and contains the line, “Do you think our son might be… you know… queer?!?” I think the advice is, don’t be a distant father and don’t let him play with dolls.)
Anyway, it’s always simultaneously funny and infuriating to read the advice in those magazines (as Rachel says, it’s not all that different from advice we see in magazines now). To wit:
In his Husband and Wife Diet Cookbook (1955), Dr. P.W. Punnett suggests one way for women to shed pounds is to simply stop “constantly nibbling candy and nuts and cake and cookies between meals and in addition to their regular meals.” Whereas, he continued, a woman most often gains weight simply because she eats “twice as much as she really needs” – primarily, “foods like pie, cake, ice cream, candy, nuts, mayonnaise, and sweet desserts” – overweight husbands ought not to “be ashamed if the pounds have sneaked up on you.” He attributed men’s weight gain to extra-fatty meats, gravies, alcohol and inactivity due to work-related advancements.
The second is a post from Evany, who has the knack of saying little wise things that stick with you for years. I loved the whole list, but I thought you might like number four…
4. Gaining weight is just as much of a golden opportunity to go outfit shopping as losing weight is.
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