The Negative Perspectives Of Divorce Women In The 1950s

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Gender role played a vital role in today’s society and have throughout the history. Gender role, of women, particularly in the 1950’s was very strict. They had very limited resources or opportunities. Women were considered incomplete without her husband beside her. Women were supposed to fulfill certain roles, such as caring mother , a diligent homemaker and an obedient wife. Divorce or parting of the ways was infrequent and unusual. Society had a negative perspective towards divorce women. This is the reason why Helen did not divorce Bruce. A wife was a “good” wife is she carried out her mans every order and agreed with him on everything. Bruce, knowing the fact that he had sex with younger men. Helen was afraid of not meeting the expectations …show more content…
Bruce yells put “Crazy bitch” (Bechdel 72) . These drastic changes in Bruce’s’ attitude clearly indicate how their relationship was based more on how they were being looked at by the community. Bruce and Helen were ready to spend a problematic relationship as long as they received an approval from the society, that they were no different than any other married couples and were also not breaking the rules made by the society. Helen was trying to fulfill her role as women by not divorcing Bruce and putting her entire life at stake just to present herself good in the eyes of …show more content…
Helen was afraid of divorcing Bruce because society would pint fingers at her and question her reading her divorced life. Her fear of not being accepted but the society led her to not separate from Bruce. She wanted to portray herself as a “normal” housewife, to satisfy society, “Women were expected to seek-and find – everything in marriage and family: love, identity, excitement, challenge, and fulfillment. Those who did not adhere to these social norms were labeled “unnatural”, maladjusted, immature, deviant, and/or emotionally undisturbed”. Women who were unable to fulfill the expectations of society were blamed in several manners and mentioned before. Helen did not want anyone to accuse her for divorcing Bruce, and this will also prevent her image to look bad from society’s point of view. Like every other women, Helen chose to spend an unhappy life to fit in the rules set by society for

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