Sentenced to everyday life: feminism and the housewife

Lesley Johnson, Justine Lloyd

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Drawing on research and evidence surrounding the housewife figure of the 1940s and 1950s, Johnson and Lloyd address the question of why the housewife has been such a problematic figure in feminist debates since World War II. Starting with an exploration of why the housewife of the 1940s became associated with drudgery, this book covers such topics as the ways in which magazines and advertising attempted to articulate an innate connection between women and the domestic sphere, while later films of the 1950s explored the constantly shifting boundaries between social, family and individual desires and constraints for women in the home. Johnson and Lloyd also examine how the home has been a site of boredom, and what happens to the balance between work and family in the modern world. In moving into contemporary debates, the authors explore the uneasy tension between the construction of the modern self and women's efforts to transcend the domestic sphere.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford ; New York
ISBN (Print)1845200314
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Feminism--United States
  • Housewives--United States
  • Women's studies (Australia)
  • Cultural studies (Australia)


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