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Sexism Versus Something, I Guess

Joe Ranvestel

Posted on October 31, 2018 13:17

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A 1950s article, supposedly cringeworthy, actually seems pretty good compared to the alternative.

A magazine article from 1958 has resurfaced across social media outlets recently and has sparked a good deal of controversy. The article, titled 129 Ways to Get a Husband, has been making rounds and is being called cringeworthy, bizarre, and downright sexist and politically incorrect.

Before diving into the tips, it's important to recognize that's exactly what they are. They're not laws that are enforceable anywhere in the country; only tips if people would want a specific result. But after realizing this, it's time to get into the article.

After reading the tips, I found a few that might cross into a somewhat sexist territory, like pretending to cry to gain attention from men. The tactics I might consider sexist are actually ones I've seen women approximately my own age use without much prompting from the patriarchy. So, I don't give much credence to these. I suppose recognizing things men and women naturally do is sexist too.

But reading most of the tidbits of advice, it actually seems like good general advice. The substance of these tips typically tries to convey broadly good things. They suggest women should do their best to get out and socialize, try to be nice to everyone, take care of their physical appearance, and take interest in the likes of the man they hope to attract. The tactics or importance of these can be argued, but none of these pieces of advice are bad.

Rather, when we suggest that the entire article is cringeworthy and sexist, what alternative does that provide? Does it mean encouraging women to become unattractive, meanspirited, antisocial losers? It's understandable that some women might have difficulty achieving the fancy cars and wealth suggested by the article, but to completely remove any goal is going a bit too far.

The negative reaction to the article perfectly sums up the problem with the approach of the modern feminist. In an effort to quell the hint of sexism from traditionalism, a lot of good values get destroyed and replaced with something far worse. Let's not throw out the baby with the bath water. Let's keep some of the good from decades past.

 

Joe Ranvestel

Posted on October 31, 2018 13:17

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