My friend had this article on his fridge, suggestions from the Housekeeping Monthly, 5/13/55. Before you read know –– this is America, the land of the “good wife.” Warning: This may make you queasy.

The Good Wife’s Guide

“Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know you have been thinking about him and concerned about his needs…

Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking.

Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it…

Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair, and if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. Minimize all noise…. try to encourage the children to be quiet.

Be happy to see him.  Great him with a warm smile, and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first – remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.

Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner…  without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax…

Make him comfortable… Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing, and pleasant voice.

Don’t ask him questions about his actions or judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.

A good wife always knows her place.”

aimed straight at his heart...


With this ethic published in the USA within my lifetime, who are we to criticize other cultures? How dare we take a critical view of patriarchal societies? At the same time, American Women, you’ve come a long way!

May liberation from this blatant sexism reach women everywhere! <>