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Social Expectations of the 1950s

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Doug Manzer

on 30 April 2013

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Alex Manzer
Katelyn Nice Social Expectations Questions? Gender Roles The End Inventions Men:
- Should be the provider, the bread winning moneymaker, the king of the household. He was expected to be virile, physically strong, the spiritual leader of the house, and perhaps emotionally stoic. Growing up as a teenager prior to World War II, teenagers were expected to take life seriously. Males were expected to join the military or go out and get a job in order to help bring in money for their family or to take care of their future family.
Females were taught how to take care of the household and prepare themselves to be a dutiful wife and take care of children. Marriage and preparing for a family, more than education or a career, was seen as a definite in the lives of teenagers. Being a Teen in 1950 Males usually married at around the age of 23 and females at 20. Then the family unit began. Most families had around 3 children (2.3 statistically) and lived in a 1 garage, 1 car home. Almost all women were stay at home house wives and mothers while the men were mainly the breadwinners. Social stereotypes of the 1950s where radically different than what they are today. Homosexuality was rarely talked about and all homosexuals were usually shunned by almost everyone.
Racism was still running rampant at that time even after the excursions of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. People of colour were still thought of as second class citizens and treated poorly. Social Stereotypes Credit Card
Super Glue
Diet Pop
Hydrogen Bomb
Liquid Paper "White Out"
Hula Hoop
Barbie Women:
- Quiet, demure, emotional type. The beautiful, fragile child-bearer. In the 1950’s she was the happy homemaker who lived for her husband and children. She is dependent and gracious. The 1950s was a time of great inventions, these are some of the few things that came form that time period: Families
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