If you saw yesterday's post, I showed you bits of an article from the March 1950 Chatelaine in which "business girl" Beverly Gray tells housewives how much they suck. In June of that year, the housewives had their chance to bite back in the article, "Housewives Blast Business Girl".
According to the magazine, over 500 housewives wrote letters in response to "Housewives Are A Sorry Lot" and Beverly Gray's phone rang off the hook with calls from irritated readers. This was all pre-Google, so women actually had to put time and effort into tracking down and stalking this lady ("You say I'm silly and leading a wasted life? THIS'LL SHOW YOU!"). I wonder how many psychotic phone calls were received by people listed under "B. Gray" in phone books around Canada:
|"I've learned a lot more things about housewives I didn't know before!"|
I'm sure they're all super flattering observations, too.
The commotion was so great that Chatelaine decided to post a few pages of snippets from many of these letters rather than provide one uniformed response:
|Sure, sure. If comment sections on the Internet have taught us anything, |
it's that people respond to criticism with "tolerance and good humor."
I'll Have You Know That I Am Very Busy And Important. CRAZY IMPORTANT:
|The census man rolled his eyes. "Sure thing, lady," he said as he checked the box marked "housewife."|
|Yeah, you heard me. I said it. PIE. They don't bake themselves, you know.|
|Preach, sister, preach! (Well, except for that first part.)|
Business Girls Suck More Than We Do:
|I think it's a rule that no one looks good on public transit.|
|Just wait until the Internet shows up.|
|... a shoplifter's dream.|
... They're Also Dumb Sluts:
|BOOM. Suck it, skanks.|
I Feel Sorry For You Because You Can't Get A Man, Haven't Had Babies, And Clearly Don't Know What True Happiness And Fulfillment Is:
|Same old disposable income, same old independence ...|
|... well, that and Valium.|
|ARE YOU, BEVERLY? ARE YOU?|
|Haters gonna hate.|