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  •  Where does this come from? (5+ / 0-)

    OK, so the book was written in 1947.  During WW2, women had generally taken over many (decent paid, unionized) blue collar jobs held by men who'd gone off to World War II.  After the end of the war, there was, as a result, a labor surplus when the U.S. demobilized after World War II.  So the post-World War II reaction against women's rights (which had basically been on an upswing from about 1890 until 1945) had rather wide support among men.

    Understand that "women's work" or whatever term they use in these screeds is basically no different than "men's work" (which I assume to mean paid jobs) except that it's off the books for both the IRS and the keepers of macro statistic,s and uses involuntary labor.  Before 1865, this same practice, applied to African Americans, was commonly referred to as "slavery."  The economic justifications of slavery are not a whole lot different from the economic justifications of female servitude.

    And it's the same people who support both the virtues of the antebellum South and the virtues of female submission circa 1953.

    •  That's exactly how it started (6+ / 0-)

      The returning GI's needed jobs, and without the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, women were fired en masse.  

    •  That's not why women were fired. (1+ / 0-)
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      It wasn't because they weren't good at their jobs or because they were all bubble headed husband hunters.  It was to give the returning men something to do lest we have a repeat of the Bonus March.  They figured women would have more sense that to turn to violence.

      That's the same reason most high ranking officers were sold on keeping women in our armed forces.  Women had a much lower rate of disciplinary problems.

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      by Ice Blue on Sun Dec 04, 2011 at 04:04:29 PM PST

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