This is going to be an introspective and thoughtful post, fair warning ahead of time in case you're not looking for seriousness or honest thought-provoking shit on my blog, admittedly this isn't the type of thing I normally post about but I've been thinking on it lately and I've just gotta express myself on these subjects. The title says it all; Romanticism, the 50's and Modern Women's Rights.
Many people know the 50's in America, the 50's in America and widely around the world was a different place and people were different people and hell while we're on the subject it wasn't just the 50's but the 60's too, for the sake of argument we'll go ahead and stick to the general 50's, however. Things in modern times are not as they used to be at all, not even a little. The times have changed, the people have changed and the world-wide culture has changed, they've all changed pretty radically.. I think anyone can agree, at least anyone that's got a good head on their shoulders and views these things objectively and fairly that humans are equal at least for the most part. Sure you may be smarter, stronger or any number of things better than someone else but in the end they're also going to be better at things you're going to be worse than them at, it's a pro-con system that keeps equality more or less, well.. Equal.. That's the nature of things, there's a subtle little balance.. Lately however, I think the balance is off.. Let me get one thing straight right off the bat, I don't hate Women's Rights, I'm no Feminist and my opinion is my opinion, it in no way reflects the absolute truth of the world.. I feel however that in the grand theme of 'balance' that Women's Rights and what came of it is.. Well.. Not entirely positive.. I recently came to this decision and belief while considering the opinion of someone extremely important and close to me that I look up to and while watching Back to the Future.
Of course Back to the Future portrays life in the 50's and the 50's themselves, how close does a show like this actually get though? We all know the history of Happy Days and how little like the 50's the portrayal on that show was, what about Back to the Future? The truth? It wasn't that far off. Watch any form of media from the 50's, there's a certain... Distinctness about it.. You can definitely tell these people are different, big time.. They wouldn't consider the modern day acceptable by any stretch of the word and the world as it is today, people being as they are and things being as they are they'd be very confused and very out of place.. That's the whole premise behind Captain America amusingly enough.. You know, though.. I find it strange, there's a certain something that we touch upon or that I do for the 50's and that's the first subject; Romanticism.
If my opinion is being taken, it's my opinion that in the 50's men were sexier. I believe Archie and Edith Bunker said it best, "Gals were Gals and Men were Men", honestly.. As bad as it may sound to some, I kind of agree. Men back in the 50's seemed stronger than they do today, more confident and sure of themselves and unflappably so no matter what and their was more of a masculine command.. Now I know every woman won't agree with me and in fact most women today probably think I'm pretty disgusting and deplorable for feeling this way but I'd kind of rather it were still the 50's as opposed to this modern world we live in now.. I've always been incredibly attracted to the men of the 50's with their strength, masculinity and typically chivalry, true that some were like Biff of Back to the Future and were total dicks taking their position as a male and their 'superiority' to an unhealthy level, being abusive and pushing themselves on others but most guys actually weren't like that and most relationships weren't like that. I've never voted, I've never really cared for Women's Rights and honestly.. I kind of like the idea of living in a society where women were somewhat expected to 'know their place', it's not even so much 'knowing their place' or lacking respect, a good man in the 50's respected his woman.. He respected the fact that she was a woman and most of the time a woman had it good, it wasn't an ideal life for all women but for some like me.. Yeah, I think it was.. I like cooking, I like cleaning and I like doing the things that were expected of a woman back then, I like living my life devoted to my man, making him happy and doing what I can even if I have to sacrifice myself from time to time and what I want and all I want in return is exactly what women back in the 50's got in return; kindness and love. A relationship wasn't so much worrying about being equals back then, the man was the man and you didn't question that or the fact that he protected you and took care of you because the man didn't give you a reason to question that. They were unflappably strong as mentioned and they didn't feel as.. Uneasy as they do today.. Today I'm hesitant to let a man defend me, I'm hesitant to rely on them and more inclined to defend myself and rely on myself because men these days emanate uncertainty and a particular weakness.. I know, I'm a little off.. I'm a woman who thinks these things and that feels this way then turns around and does Martial Arts but I do Martial Arts for spiritual reasons as opposed to physical or to know how to fight, I'm a pacifist through and through.. Honestly.. I guess what I'm trying to convey and ask in this post is what do you think? Men or women alike, what's your opinion on this? Do you agree with me? Disagree? Why and explain?
PS: My opinion being noted for the record, one of the absolute sexiest men to me in the world has to be 'Ricky Ricardo', AKA Desi Arnaz ( From quite possibly my favorite live-action show of all time, I Love Lucy ). MY GOD does he ever turn me on.