Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Help Yourself: Vintage how-to guides

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | January 11, 2011 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: cisgender people, female stereotypes, gender studies, masculinity, women's history, women's studies

Two funky old self-help guides from the 1950s. Interesting to see the built-in gender assumptions. Catering to gender insecurities about masculinity (real men have deep voices -- though why the women are studying the same skill leaves a modern person wondering...). And that old chestnut of misogyny that women are fundamentally boring and need to make an effort to become interesting (to catch men and keep men, of course).

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Well, Gloria, there is no doubt about it ... developing a he-man voice will help you become a more interesting woman!

Ask Tallulah Bankhead ...

Damn. You beat me to the Tallulah Bankhead joke, AJ.

But did anyone notice the body language of the woman on the far right? She's not buying it at all.