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Not June Cleaver Before, during and after the Second World War, there have been many pre- conceived notions about the every day, typical woman. When one thinks about the fifties, people have perceived the common house wife in ways that are not truly accurate. Images like June Cleaver from “Leave it to Beaver” come to mind when thinking about these times. In fact, these are just thoughts people conjure up in their own imagination. Perhaps it is ignorance that keeps people from realizing the truth about what the common, middle-class American woman did during the years around World War II. Or perhaps people just decide to turn a blind eye to what is true. Whichever it is, people need to understand that this is not the way things were. As people may want to deny it, things were not always sunshine and rainbows in the fifties. In the series of essays compiled in
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Unformatted text preview: the book “Not June Cleaver”, editor Joanne Meyerowitz shows us what times were really like. From short passages from “Not June Cleaver”, it can be easily understood that things were not as they seemed. To start things off, the typical American image of the fifties housewife is a middle-aged, attractive woman who stays home with the children while the father brings in the income. However, as Xiaolan describes in his article that women and children were just as important as men in terms of family income. Xiaolan says that, “[Men] could no longer independently play their traditional role of the family’s sole provider and public representative” (Meyerowitz, 24). That being said, the financial situations for many families force the women and children in to work contradictory to what a typical middle-class housewife is perceived as....
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