Times Have Changed  

endowed_4_fun 41M
80 posts
7/17/2006 5:00 pm

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7/18/2006 12:54 am

Times Have Changed

I'm in the midst of reading a book of short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Its amazing how the stories are timeless. People and their nature have remained essentially the same all these years and characters that were created in the 1920s are still easy to understand and relate to -- even now, almost a century later.

But, every once in a while, I'll run across something that will instantly date the story. Such as, when one older gentleman asks a teenage girl, "Do you plan to marry? Or to take up a career?" Funny how those used to be mutually exclusive for women. Or, not funny, I guess.

rm_wetfingeraz 53F
3012 posts
7/17/2006 10:00 pm

My grandmother was born in 1902. When she was 16, she graduated high school and immediately went to work as a secretary. She married my grandfather at the age of 22, had three children, and never stopped working. Her spinster sister came to live with them when the kids were all too young to be home alone.

For three generations, the women in my family have held careers outside the home. I cannot imagine any other type of life.

endowed_4_fun replies on 7/18/2006 12:53 am:
How nice for the women in your family. So, I guess it didn't apply to everyone, but I can't imagine being forced to choose between the two -- being opressed, really.

Of course, I guess it wouldn't even affect me in the slightest, since I am not married and don't have a career to speak of, anyway.

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