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It's the 1950s: Let's Pretend We're Happy. A True Story About Rebelling Against Feminine Roles of the 1950s and Finding Freedom

It's the 1950s: Let's Pretend We're Happy. A True Story About Rebelling Against Feminine Roles of the 1950s and Finding Freedom [Kindle Edition]

Judith Forsythe
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It was the 1950’s and Betty Crocker, Jell-O, and TV sitcoms idealizing the perfect family were all the rage. Unfortunately, they really didn’t make us happy.

Roles for women were defined by making their families happy or appear happy at all costs. Women were expected to be the ideal caring mother, perfect homemaker and obedient wife, carrying out every wish of her husband. Girls were expected to play with dolls, be poised and ladylike, and without complaint be stand-in mothers.

This book is a firsthand account of what it was like growing up as a female in middle America during the 1950’s and living a completely different reality than what society is telling you should have.

Imagine growing up with colorful dysfunctional characters none of whom matched the societal norms of the times. Your father is a verbal bully who evokes fear and silence among the children. Your mother is unable to cope with not meeting the expectations of the perfect marriage, descends into alcoholism, and sudden death. Add to this drama stressful financial conditions where even 5 cent sodas and 15 cent sundaes are a rarity. What would you do? How do you survive?

The author found the answers to these questions in the kindness of loving grandparents, her spiritual connection to the land and in breaking free by eloping at 19 to escape this family prison.

Forsythe provides a poignant narrative of the coercive expectations women faced during these years in a style that is intimate, lyrical, deeply moving, and at times humorous. Anyone interested in the 1950’s, women’s roles, and finding personal freedom will find this book a very satisfying read.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Judith Forsythe (1 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #273,632 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sadness and humor in the 1950's 16 May 2014
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This is a story by a woman I know slightly. Many of the scenes with a mean father and a traumatized mother are sad. It may have been more ordinary for a father to be insensitive to his wife and children in the '50s but cruelty anytime is hard to bear.

Judy recalls in intricate detail many of the aspects of her life as she was growing up, particularly the time in a rural community in southern IL. I enjoyed getting to know her history, which though not similar to mine, is close in time to my own childhood.

A lot of research and careful specification went into this work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite enjoyable! 28 Aug 2014
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This is well written and entertaining. I found it to be very enlightening. I enjoyed the family stories. It is definitely worth reading.
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