Just more example of why it can be vital to take your camera to the loo with you – this article about how to be a good wife is framed on the wall next to the ladies’ in a restaurant in Kommetjie.
My favourite snippet is “Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and it is one of your duties to provide it.”
Over 50 years later, it is almost too easy for us to be derisive about the kind of philosophy that underpins this stuff. At the same time, I have to wonder what happened to the women who didn’t buy into it – are we reading their books now, or looking at their paintings, or buying shares in corporations they once started? Were there any men in those days who didn’t have these expectations of women?
Ah well, I’m off to sort the dirty laundry (but at least it’s all mine.)
To be continued…