The paper "Sentenced to Everyday Life: Feminism and the Housewife by Johnson and Lloyd" is a delightful example of an article on sociology. Despite the overall agreement that desperate housewives are common in Australia, the overall figure of the housewife has almost become non-existent in the public life of Australians. Presently the overall talk about women who can have everything including employment, wealth and family at the same time annoys but much of this discussion has been understood as another step that leads towards the independence of women and having the capacity to make personal choices or decisions about their lifestyles but not as a celebration of the housewife re-emerging again.
In this article by Johnson and Lloyd, Sentenced to Everyday Life, they take a closer look at the subject of a housewife and the minor or insignificant status that surround the feminism project. Being that they are historians, they want to look at this subject past the modern-day satire associated with the 1950s housewife and outline the much complicated and contradictory forms in which the 1950 housewife was looked at.
In their literature, they outline the upcoming of competing discussions based on modernity and femininity in the period after the war, and they draw attention to how these differing views or tensions were investigated in the policies that surround publicity and popular media houses. The objective of Johnson and Lloyd, however, is more determined than to simply give a description of the complicated and controversial nature of this post-war experience. In other words, they also seek to restate the background information of the materialization of second-wave feminism and in addition re-examine the association today between feminist researchers and the desires or needs that surround everyday life on the 18th Page of the article.
In their argument, they suppose that the second-wave feminism had a counter against the monotony and irritation that encompassed the domestic life by looking down upon the domestic lifestyle and urging women to leave the labor and struggles that were associated with domestic life. Even though some women in Australia decided to follow this call made by an American feminist namely Betty Freidman and took the chance to enjoy financial independence and employment, some women of the 1960s were still not fully decided and were struggling to juggle between their private lives and public spheres of influence.
They, therefore, took upon themselves the chance to enjoy work and financial freedom while they still held tight their private family lifestyles, childbearing and domestic responsibilities. Johnson and Lloyd in their article warn that the absolute rejection of the housewife within feminist literature is a predicament that has come up in the recent past and today, with women trying to look for solutions elsewhere beyond the sisterhood in trying to resolve the tension that surrounds their public and private lives or families.
Young, I 1989, Throwing Like a Girl: A Phenomenology of Feminine Body Comportment, Motility and Spatiality. In Young & Allen (Eds), The Thinking Muse: Feminism and Modern French Philosophy Bloomington: Indiana UP.
Johnson, L & Justine, L 2004, Just a Housewife’. In Sentenced to Everyday Life: Feminism and the Housewife, Oxford; New York: Berg.