Essay Gender Roles And Change During The 1950 ' S

807 Words Sep 14th, 2016 4 Pages
The term ‘family’ has been one that is constantly changing with the times and the seasons of society. Many tend to fantasize about the “ideal” nuclear family in the 1950’s: a father who went to work in an office in a suit and tie, a mother who cleaned the house in heels and cooked every meal, two and a half children that were well behaved, and a house with a white picket fence. However, this image is not a true depiction of the 1950’s. Rather than seeing the restraints and precautions had on the family, individuals are swayed by this myth of a “problem free” decade. The rise of individualism, shift in gender roles and changes in the social environment has made the myth of perfection established in the 1950’s ever more impossible to attain today.
Although marriage was not perfect, in the 1950’s, the nuclear family was a unit that exhibited unity and a cohesive working body. The nuclear family consisted of a pair of adults and the children they had together. The family was what they were created to be, they exhibited the concern and welfare of one another, and “only slightly more than one in four marriages ended in divorce during the 1950’s” (Coontz 29). Yet, perfection was not evident because many were unhappy in marriage. Even in their unhappiness, husband and wife remained together because the “new stability, economic security, and educational advantages…counted for a lot in in [their] assessment of their life satisfaction (Coontz 40). This suppression gave birth to…

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