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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- Spring '08
- World War II, June Cleaver, common house wife, editor Joanne Meyerowitz, typical middleclass housewife