Why We All Love the 1950’s

Leave it to Beaver and Andy Griffith make the 50’s look great, but was it really? I don’t know how many times I have heard the right beckon for a return to the good old days of the 1950’s when we all lived wonderful lives and just got along peachy keen.

Here are a few things they knew in the 50’s (and a modern day perspective on them)

1. Evolution was bad (sorry guys if you believe evolution is a myth today you’re now considered the lunatic fringe)
2. Western civilization is the high point of world society (conceit of the first order – been to Japan recently)
3. Women should stay at home and make babies it says so in the Bible (reread Proverbs 31 you missed a few parts – Try making your wife do this today and see how long you stay married)
4. No one was Gay in the 50’s unless they drank too much Homosexuality was a criminal perversion (making a significant part of the population criminal – sorry if you think there weren’t as many gays then you’re delude but we already knew that)
5. Living together before marriage was living in Sin (now it’s expected)
6. Smoking didn’t cause cancer and it was your God given right (Lung cancer is your God given right? Isn’t this like God sanctioning suicide?)
7. Rock music was bad (yah I know even you folks have dumped this one)
8. Segregation was good (try being Black in the 50’s that couldn’t have been much fun thank you Jim Crow)
9. New chemicals and technology were going to solve all the worlds problems (DDT and thalidomide were such a good idea)
10. Corporal punishment made students better behaved (You gotta love institutionalize child abuse – The strap just taught me that the principal was a sadistic old fart)
11. Seat belts killed more folks then saved them ( What’s the first thing that goes through your mind during a car crash today? Answer “Oh My God.” What’s the first thing that went through your mind during a car crash in the 1950’s Answer – the windshield.)

If you want your world to resemble the 1950’s with its stability and cloistered world view and misconceptions fine but for those of us that would live in this century please don’t force us to swallow the idea that the past was better than today


4 thoughts on “Why We All Love the 1950’s

  1. People used to think it was necessary to “spank” adult members of the community, military trainees, and prisoners. In some countries they still do. In our country, it is considered sexual assault if a person over the age of 18 is “spanked”, but only if over the age of 18.

    For one thing, buttock-battering can vibrate the pudendal nerve, which can lead to sexual arousal in some people. There are numerous other physiological ways in which it can be sexually abusive, but I won’t list them all here. One can use the resources I’ve posted if they want to learn more.

    Child bottom-battering/slapping vs. DISCIPLINE:

    Child bottom-battering (euphemistically labeled “spanking”,”swatting”,”switching”,”smacking”, “paddling”,or other cute-sounding names) for the purpose of gaining compliance is nothing more than an inherited bad habit.

    Its a good idea for people to take a look at what they are doing, and learn how to DISCIPLINE instead of hit.

    I think the reason why television shows like “Supernanny” and “Dr. Phil” are so popular is because that is precisely what many (not all) people are trying to do.

    There are several reasons why child bottom-slapping isn’t a good idea. Here are some good, quick reads recommended by professionals:

    Plain Talk About Spanking
    by Jordan Riak,

    The Sexual Dangers of Spanking Children
    by Tom Johnson,

    by Lesli Taylor M.D. and Adah Maurer Ph.D.

    Most compelling of all reasons to abandon this worst of all bad habits is the fact that buttock-battering can be unintentional sexual abuse for some children. There is an abundance of educational resources, testimony, documentation, etc available on the subject that can easily be found by doing a little research with the recommended reads-visit the website of Parents and Teachers Against Violence In Education at http://www.nospank.net.

    Just a handful of those helping to raise awareness of why child bottom-slapping isn’t a good idea:

    American Academy of Pediatrics,
    American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,
    American Psychological Association,
    Center For Effective Discipline,
    Churches’ Network For Non-Violence,
    Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
    Parenting In Jesus’ Footsteps,
    Global Initiative To End All Corporal Punishment of Children,
    United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    In 26 countries, child corporal punishment is prohibited by law (with more in process). In fact, the US was the only UN member that did not ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  2. Im 28 & i think The 1950’s was a way better World then today….
    people had guts, were courageous, knew right from wrong!

    Getting spanked is not abuse, i got spanked as a child & it only did me good.
    I dont care what all the so called “professionals” say.

    Our generation is testament to what not spanking a child results in.
    What’s wrong with the world today you ask….

    1) More rape committed then ever before..
    2) Face it people have less backbone, respect for each other, are ill mannered..
    3) I live in South Africa, our jails have never been this full of criminals.
    4) More murders committed here then ever before..
    5) Children are running amok, why listen to parents or teachers if they cant teach you…
    6) How can you tell right from wrong without a lesson

    I say bring back spanking, spare the rod…spoil the child….
    along with that bring back the death penalty to South Africa.
    It would fix the problems my country has..

    South Africa’s president never got spanked…(he’s quite open about it)
    He is a rapist & he has no respect for his fellow countrymen…

    • Rob -most times I refrain from insults but you deserve one because you come from a nation that was the next best place to a prison for for most of it’s citizens in the 50’s and you defend the decade? I take it your white and at home your family refers to blacks as kaffers? No black that lived in SA would hanker for a return to aparthied. And I don’t know your president but I doubt if not being spanked had anything to do with any crimes he may have or may not have committed. By the way adding the words “so called” before professionals in your rant does not negate thier standings just shows you have no respect for education and not much for authority. guess the spankings didn,t work? Oh and your bring back the death penalty crap anyone that can read has likely read that most studies prove it does not stop the crimes it is used for. No killer fears the death penalty because he does not believe he will be caught. Now go away and troll someone elses blog.

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