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Dated in fewer ways than one would expect - and in many still quite relevant,
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This review is from: Don'ts for Wives (Hardcover)
This book was written in 1913 and I at first expected it to be of the same kind as Sex Tips for Husbands and Wives from 1894 - a hillarious reminder of how different things used to be and how horrible in many ways. It turns out that either the author was much more enlightened here, or that the 20 years from 1894 to 1913 really brought about a dramatic shift in attitudes.
The basic premise of the man as sole breadwinner and the wife as a stay at home mother is definitely still there and while most will find the advice on the use of servants a bit quaint and anachronistic, there is plenty of sound advice in this - something I wish more people would read seriously, rather than just for fun.
The advice in here revolves around creating a more caring and comfortable relationship, based on mutual respect and trust. Some bits will still be funny (the yawning while the man has the last pipe of the day mentioned by another reviewer certainly being one such case) but overall the message is take care of your husband but do not, under any circumstances let him trod on you or your independence. Luckily, the same message comes across in the companion book Don'ts for Husbands, which really should be read by both parties as well.