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3-12-2012 @ 12:41PM
Women did plenty of the damage themselves, Galatea. For example, "a woman's place is in the home" was popularized through mid-to-late 19th Century lifestyle magazines written, owned, and published by women. Before the Industrial Revolution, most businesses were home-based, and everybody -- man, woman, or child -- was expected to contribute.Why would women encourage each other to stay in the kitchen? Class conflict. Lower class families needed every paycheck they could get, while upper-class households could afford to keep one potential wage-earner home. Children are delicate, they said, and should be nurtured rather than rushed into the workplace. The upper class painted their lifestyle as superior, and the one to which middle-class families should aspire.
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