The 1950’s and 60’s although before my time have always somehow fascinated me. It could be the fashion, it could be the cars, or it could be all of the above. What I do know though, is if I were to have actually lived as a young woman back in those days, I think I would have had a tough time.
You see, no matter how much I’d have loved rolling around town in a two toned Holden, listening to Fats Domino, Little Richard or whatever else was coming out of the wireless, there was a lot of other things going on that I’d have bristled with frustration at and struggled to cop.
Quite simply, the limitations placed on a woman on what she could or couldn’t do in her life were hugely different to how they are now, and yet I think a lot of women my age or younger probably think that it was a generation of completely muffled women who all happily strapped on the apron and waited for their husbands to get home.
But there was a lot of movement going on in terms of sex equality; it’s just that it was in many areas, just the start. The start of things that we women now have grown up to take for granted for always having been there.
Like working. Not being expected to get married. Being able to choose whether we reproduce. Having a contraceptive pill available to make sure we decide when, if and who with. Casting a vote.
There’s a lot of talk about women going on right now. It’s less on the rights and more on the respect. How do certain men still really view us females when it boils down to it? That’s what we want to know but it’s in danger of being abused as a subject, being used as an unnecessary slur.
And not always just by the men.
One thing that for some reason doesn’t sit well with me in regards to women having a right to voice their thoughts and opinions however is when it comes to the wives of politicians like Michelle Obama, like Margie Abbott.
There’s something about it that feels like it’s a modern woman being heard type of packaging, but it smells to me like the 1950’s.
If we’ve come to the point in history where we want to be treated as equals, then for the same reason no one is expecting Tim Mathieson to come out and make some gushing speech about why his partner Julia is such a brilliant woman and why we should vote for her, nor do I really need to hear Margie sticking up for Tony, or Michelle telling the world what a real, caring, amazing husband she claims Barack happens to be.
Sure Michelle is charming, well dressed, seemingly down to earth and knows how to say all the right things which I hope are more truth than fantasy, but whilst I’m glad she seems like a nice woman and she’s very much in love with her husband, she wasn’t voted into the job.
When Margie could contain herself no longer with all the insinuations the Labour party were making that Tony was a ‘misogynist’, yes it’s nice to know someone has his back, but that’s for her to do in their personal life don’t you think?
Coming out publicly with the old “I just want to add a bit of balance to this and to present the fact that he is you know a pretty ordinary bloke. No airs and graces, who enjoys time with his family and is surrounded by strong capable women.”
Firstly Tony Abbot and Barack Obama are not ordinary blokes. They are very successful men who have climbed their way up to a very tough top.
I’m the first person to fly the female flag, but I do thing it’s very circa 50/60’s to wheel out the wife. And as was proved back then, certainly in the States, just because you had a smiling wife, did not make you a saint.
WHAT ARE YOU THOUGHTS ON THIS? PART AND PARCEL OF THE POLITICAL CAMPAIGN, OR AN UNNECESSARY POINT SCORING TACTIC FROM THE PAST?