Tuesday, March 20, 2012

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LADIES?


Back in the 50’s and 60’s, most women wore dresses, nylons, some even wore fancy hats. As a result, men opened doors for them, pulled out chairs for them, and by all means walked on the outside of the sidewalk as a protective gesture. Women were gentile, classy, and even somewhat fragile. For the most part, men had and showed great respect for these ladies and would do most anything to please them while they were in his company.



Correct me if I’m wrong, but today’s woman is miles away from that. Today’s woman dresses in torn and dirty jeans, wears a ball cap and drives pick up trucks. She can out cuss any man alive, and some could make a truck driver blush. I’m not saying they are all like that, and I’m not saying they don’t dress up on occasion, but for everyday life, a good majority of them dress and act like men.



Women, for the most part, are addicted if not possessed by the latest style. It wasn’t that many years ago when a woman wouldn’t have been caught dead in a pick up truck. Suddenly, Muffy is driving one and all of a sudden it is the stylish thing to do. I was living in Detroit when this happened and remember reading about the Big Three hiring women to tell them what would make a pick up more compatible to women. The changes were dramatic and the result was a truck that once cost $7,000 escalating to $50, 000.



I know I’ve probably stepped on some toes out there, and quite possibly really don’t know what I’m talking about. If so, let me know. I can take it. I’m old and live in the dark ages, so hit the Comment thingy at the bottom of this blog and let me have it. Is it style to dress and cuss like a man or the way of the future?




4 comments:

  1. I am so sorry to see that Alzheimer's has settled in old man and that it has reached the terminal phase. Someone will verbially destroy you for your blog.

    Bill

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  2. You're going to get crushed on this one, my friend. Women have definitely changed over the years!! I recently read that women have made a quicker come back with unemployment stats than men. With that said, the biggest change in women has occurred in the labor force, which has impacted their entire lifestyles. Today's men have also changed, not necessarily for the best either, but life goes on!!

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  3. Aggreed, but this is one part of a collective societal change. The decline of church, two income family, a media centered life (TV, cell phone, computer). A massive moral decay, but its OK as told to us by the same media. That far back you left the house unlocked, keys in the car, Police and Clergy were trustworthy. A man and his word were one in the same. There is a glorious simplicity and grace in the past.

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  4. Oh, those fabulous fifties! Donna Reed and June Cleaver clearly knew how to vacuum a room wearing heels and pearls. The TV will be offering a new season of "Mad Men" so do catch an eye full of that old reality. Like you, I lived through those days and, at the time, could see nothing wrong from my vantage point. That said, I must admit that seeing a realistic portrayal of those times with these new millenium eyes is disturbing. Women really were treated as second class citizens. I don't think many would be anxious to return to that status. Placing women upon pedestals is patronizing, demeaning and can undermine the progress toward social justice. The old system fostered a climate where abuse received little more than a wink and a nod, if not tacit approval.
    I do think that the pendulum has begun to swing into an area where young women flaunt their sexual liberation to an extent that makes this grand dad scratch his head in wonder as to where it will ultimately end up.

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