In the suck with the Huck

Back to the fifties

Mike Huckabee is one of the dangerously deluded fathers of the lunatic fringe. The Huck believes ideas that were completely invalidated in the sixties, ideas like a woman’s place is in the home. His most recent comments are nothing new, they point to a pattern of understanding women that reaches back to before Betty Friedan, to Ozzie and Harriet, and Donna Reed.

“I just shop and clean house”

Or at least that is what the culture of the fifties relegated to women. It took forty years to finally overcome the stereotype that women were happiest when they were cleaning house, that a career was too much for them, that being subservient to a man was what every woman hoped for. Imagine that.

The problem that has no name

Enter Betty Friedan, who, after researching the happiness quotient in the female population concluded that they were miserable.

As she made beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night – she was afraid to even ask herself the silent question – “Is this all?”  -The Feminine Mystique

In an era of wealth the nation had not seen since for thirty years, mom was unhappy. Men were dressing her, and telling her what she could do. Schools were teaching her how to sew and make dinner. In essence, how to catch, and keep, a man. A caveman reversal. Hunting for a good catch, then spending the rest of your life under his control, under society’s control.

a society was embracing a philosophy that talked about biological roles as if they were proven theories. An idealized existence of white picket fences and poodle skirts, comfortable lives and country clubs.  It was a post-war illusion that only lasted a decade before the whole illusion unraveled in a chemical slurry of little yellow pills and vodka. Watching yourself age in the mirror.

Back to the suck with the Huck?

It’s not possible. There are holdouts, women who want to stay home and raise the kids. But a legion of women are now solid professionals, and you aren’t going to get them to go home. They can’t. Mike Huckabee is embracing a golden age myth that was never anything more than an illusion even when it was happening. Betty Friedan proved that, and helped start a revolution that is still in the works. It is not hyperbole to state that this will be the century of women. No misguided moralist is going to change that fact.