Guia para ser una buena esposa - John Bull 1957- The Advertising Archives

Guía para ser una buena esposa

Corre el rumor que existió una Guía para ser una Buena Esposa, empezando los años 50… sin el reconocimiento pleno de autoría. Las lecturas electrónicas apuntan a dos autoras:

La más citada en el habla hispana: Pilar Primo de Rivera, fascista solterona e hija de un dictador español de los años 20, quien presuntamente publicara éste manual en la revista Housekeeping Monthly.

La mencionada por los sajones: atribuido a Helen B. Andelin autora del libro Fascinanting Womanhood publicado en 1963, la cual ilustraba a las mujeres el arte de como ganarse a su esposo, al estilo clásico.

La famosa guía

Las ilustraciones modernas que malamente sitúan la guía en 1953, más que informar, buscan entretener con un sentido del humor machista. Ésta publicación es la “original”. Para saber porqué entrecomillo la palabra original, les invito a leer las 5 razones por las cuales la Guía para ser una buena ama de casa, es altamente probable que nunca haya existido en realidad.

Guía para ser una buena esposa, "publicación original" 1955
Guía para ser una buena esposa, “publicación original” 1955

Razón 1:

El archivo original pose una leyenda “The Advertising Archives” localizada en la esquina superior derecha lo que sugiere una estafa, debido a que éste museo no empezó sino hasta 1990.

Razón 2:

Una imagen de éste manual aparece en la portada de John Bull magazine, pero aparece recortada justo debajo del texto donde debería ir la leyenda “Woman at the wheel” que sí aparece en una de las portadas de la revista John Bull.

Guia para ser una buena esposa - John Bull 1957- The Advertising Archives
Guia para ser una buena esposa – John Bull 1957- The Advertising Archives

Razón 3:

Si se ve con un contraste muy alto, los recuadros donde se listan los puntos. Ésto solo pudo haber sido hecho digitalmente y luego copiado como se ve en el formato de revista actual.

Razón 4:

Nunca ha existido una revista con el nombre de Housekeeping Monthly

Razón 5:

La frase de “enciende fuego en la chimenea” del punto 5 de la guía no viene al caso: en los años 50 la mayoría de las casas no tenían chimeneas.

Todo indica que es una estafa. He aquí los lineamientos “originales” del documento “publicado” en la década de los años 50: 

Guía para ser una buena esposa:

  1. Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed.
  2. Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.
  3. Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
  4. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Run a dustcloth over the tables.
  5. Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper, etc. and then run a dustcloth over the tables.
  6. Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
  7. Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair and, if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing part.

    Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.

  8. Be happy to see him. 
  9. Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him. 
  10. Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first – remember his topics of conversation are more important than yours. 
  11. Make the evening his. Never complain if he’s late or goes out for dinner. or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax. 
  12. Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.
  13. Don´t greet him with complaints and problems.
  14. Don´t complaint if he´s late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as a minor compared to what he might have gone trough that day.
  15. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie him down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. 
  16. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
  17. Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.
  18. A good wife always knows her place.

Para bien o para mal, el email y las redes sociales, han influido fuertemente en el esparcimiento del mensaje, sin que éste tenga una fuente fidedigna, gráficos originales y con atribuciones de autoría falsas.

Cada quien saque sus conclusiones de autenticidad, aplicación real o broma pesada entre amigos… y el que tenga tiempo, investigue y comparta los créditos ;D

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