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People Break Down The Things That People Romanticize But Are Actually Awful
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Do you know what popular thing I’m sick of people attempting to make romantic? The 1940s and 1950s.

How many times have we all heard the sentiments that dating isn’t like it used to be? Marriages don’t last like they used to?

Or how men knew how to be men or women were so glamorous back then? Or “I was made for a different time” citing romantic ideals of ice cream shop dates and car hops?

It’s a bunch of hooey.

Yes, we all love some great retro fashion but the time period was horribly oppressive. Those women—if even able or allowed to work—made so little per hour compared to men they could not typically be fully self sufficient.

Women were still raised for marriage and not their own dreams. They did awful things to themselves to fit into societal beauty standards at the time as it was tied in directly to their worth.

People of color had no rights, they were kept segregated and abused. The fight is still going today to undo the grievous social harms done during and after this time period.

So, forgive us if we don’t see the romance in “the olden days”.

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