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All in the Family: A family slide show album from Away We Go to anything goes
Posted June 12, 2009 to photo album "All in the Family: A family slide show album from Away We Go to anything goes"
Slide 11: The Nuclear Family in the Atomic Age
In the ideal 1950s family, the husband worked outside the home and the wife—freed from having to take a job outside the home to support the war effort—was relegated to raising the family. Yet the domestic ideal was not all that it seemed. Coontz writes, “The weaknesses of this marriage model soon became apparent. Housewives discovered that they could not find complete fulfillment in domesticity. Many men also felt diminished when they gave up older patterns of socializing to cocoon in the nuclear family. The women's movement of the 1960s offered a better balance—fairer, more intimate marriages combined with social engagement outside the home. But in the past few decades, our speeded-up global economy has made balance harder and harder to attain, leading us to seek ever more meaning and satisfaction in love and marriage.”