Originally Posted by Taximom5
Wow, teacozy, your grandmothers ran with an unusually tough crowd.
According to http://books.google.com/books?id=IpB...lcohol&f=false
"Women who drank, on the other hand, were seen as transgressing gender norms and challenging traditional female roles. In particular, the woman who drank too much was seen as abandoning her children and domestic duties. (McClellan, 2004) In the 1930's and 1940's, the bar was still not an acceptable place for women."
"...Social drinking abounded in the 1950's and 1960's, but women were still expected to remain in control, and alcoholism was interpreted by psychologists and medical practitioners as far more abnormal in women."
"Social drinking abounded in the 1950s'...."
Exactly. That's what I've been saying. From this book about the 1950's :
"During the 1950's, the hard liquors- whisky, scotch, gin, vodka, rum and the like- gained wide acceptance."
"Overall, the cocktail epitomized drinking and the 1950's."
"...cocktails ruled as the drinks of choice for the middle class and above. Martinis, Manhattens, gimlets, old fashioneds- all were served in restaurants, classy bars, and even in suburban homes. The martini...emerged as a status drink during the decade. "
It goes on to say that cocktail drinking in the media depicted women and men consuming them equally.
"Cocktails, either at home or in a lounge, became an American ritual, with "cocktail time" recognized as a special hour."
The book also talks about how chlorophyll was advertised in the early 1950s as eliminating bad breath when consumed and was subsequently added to just about anything: toothpaste, cough drops, deodorant, clothing and even pet foods.
I believe I've seen non vaxxers link to this blogger before http://prenatalexposures.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html
She quotes from a book called Origins that says:
"Doctors' confidence in the harmlessness of alcohol was based on their beliefs about the placenta. This organ, which implants itself in the uterus soon after conception to form a way station between woman and fetus, was thought to provide seamless protection from harmful substances.
Pregnant women were not counseled about the dangers of medications or alcohol, Dally notes, and new drugs were not thoroughly tested for their safety during pregnancy.
And new drugs there were in abundance. The middle of the twentieth century was a golden age of pharmaceutical innovation, a time when serene sleep and steady nerves and a slim figure could be found inside the medicine cabinet. Pregnant women, too, were promised relief from all the complaints, small and large, of their condition: sleeplessness, morning sickness, miscarriage.
The sales job worked: those who gave birth in the postwar years, writes one chronicler of the period, "were among the most medicated women in history." Between 1958 and 1965, according to one study, half of all new mothers took two to four pharmaceutical products while pregnant."
Articles discussing that period point out that doctors used to actually prescribe cigarettes to pregnant women during the 1950s to "relax" them and help keep their weight down.
Yup, the good ole 50s! Where most kids turned out just fine even after being exposed to alcohol, cigarettes, and countless medications while in utero. Guess those things aren't so bad after all