Aug 10, 2008

where is my beautiful wife?

I found this rather disturbing article here.
I will give these ladies one thing. They are more stylish than those Texan polygamist wives.

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Most of us just grumble, but some women have taken radical action to escape what they see as the soulless grind of modern life. Meet the 'Time Warp Wives', who believe that life, especially marriage, was far more straightforward in the Thirties, Forties and Fifties.



"Debbie Cleulow, 34. Debbie says: When I see a girl walking down the street wearing next to nothing, I think: 'Why don't you have more respect for yourself?' Other women may laugh at my determination to make my home perfect for my husband, Martin, but I enjoy spending my leisure time baking cakes and sewing
I really believe that women today have lost their way, with bingedrinking ladettes and children as young as 11 going out in tiny tops. The age of innocence has been lost and it is such a shame. My idol is Ava Gardner and when I watch her films - as I do all the time - I think that so much has been lost from today's society. I've made my home a shrine to the Forties, and I only ever wear clothes from that decade. Other people may laugh at me, but I really don't care. I think I have a far happier marriage than many other people I meet, because we have strict demarcations in our roles. I do all the cleaning, ironing, washing and cooking, and Martin puts up shelves and looks after the car. He's the breadwinner and I create a lovely - and loving - environment for him. "





"Joanne Massey, 35, lives in a recreation of a 1950s home in Stafford with her husband Kevin, 42, who works as a graphics application designer. Joanne is a housewife. She says:

'I love nothing better than fastening my pinny round my waist and baking a cake for Kevin in my 1950s kitchen. I put on some lovely Frank Sinatra music and am completely lost in my own little fantasy world. In our marriage, I am very much a lady and Kevin is the breadwinner and my protector. We've been married for 13 years and we're extremely happy because we both know our roles. There is none of the battling for equality that I see in so many marriages today. What's wrong with wanting to be adored and spoiled? If I see a hat I like, I say 'Oh, we can't afford that' and Kevin says: 'You have it, I'll treat you.' I don't even put petrol in our Ford Anglia car, which is 43 years old, because I think that is so unladylike. I ask Kevin to do it. I make sure our home is immaculate, there is dinner on the table, and I look pretty to welcome my husband home.'"



Be even more disturbed here.

13 comments:

mrpeenee said...

I say if you want to live life as a deluded drag queen, why should the presence of a vagina stop you?

Muscato said...

Wait - she wants to be the ideal 50s housewife, and her ideal of "the age of innocence" is Ava Gardner?

Only the highest-living, hardest-drinking, man-devourest creature this side of Tallulah?

Girl needs to work on her research a little. Even Harriet Nelson had a past!

jason said...

I know. That's exactly what I was thinking, Muscato!

TJB said...

Her idol may be Ava Gardner, but her doppelganger is Mary Wickes.

Miss Janey said...

Miss J nearly fell off her chair at the mention of Ava Gardner bein her idol. HIGHlarious.

Pop Feminist said...

Pshew. Those were my brains.

I'm linking to this (via you) on my next links post.

wild. But, like, they really do look great.

Frontier Psychiatrist said...

I'm not an expert, so I'm probably wrong, but that chair Mrs. Martin Cleulow is perched upon doesn't seem to be covered in a 1940s pattern.

And I want pictures of and to hear from the husbands. Martin puts up shelves...

Muscato said...

I'm sufficiently dazed by this post - and particularly by the individual idiocy of Mrs. Martin Cleulow - that I've had to return.

She's a Brit, and she's made her home a shrine to the forties? Does that mean that she and Martin and the kiddies spend time festively huddling in a shelter out back, as they play a tape loop of the Blitz? Does she make tasty treats for the home out of her one egg a week and ersatz sugar? Do they keep her perfect home at a comfy 52 degrees through the winter?

I love me some vintage right along with the best of them, but Lord, girl, learn some facts!

Michael Guy said...

So how far do they take this 'living in the past' thang? Like, no anal, then?

A happy husband? Really? I think not.

jason said...

Goo point. I think the slut down the street who's living in the late sixties is where hubby goes for that, Michael.

Silly Monkey said...

Okay, yeah, it's weird. But come on, you KNOW you want to get a tour of those homes! I know I do!

Elizabeth said...

Honestly, I think they're deluded, frightened, and living in a make believe world that has no relation to the props of the time periods they've chosen. But then again, happiness is hard enough to come by, that if this gives them some measure of peace and joy, then why not? It wouldn't make me happy, but then my choices wouldn't make them happy.

Colleen said...

Nutty coo coo, yes; but their houses look amazing!