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Looking back into life at an earlier period of time is always anexciting and curious experience and the Cold War Era is definitely noexception The book Homeward Bound by Elaine Tyler May outlines thelives of people across the nation and takes a look into to theirmarriages beliefs and other aspects of life Families were all affectedby the changes in political and foreign policy The effects of themovement against communism along with a rapidly changing definition ofmarriage and the role of women instilled stress across suburbia inAmericaBy recounting marriages relationships and the workplace very early inthe book May made it clear that she set out with a simple goal to showthe problems caused by financial strain during wartime across all walksof life but primarily the white middle class Americans living insuburban areas When spending your two-week honeymoon in a bomb shelteris considered romantic you know that there are problems around theworld Life was quickly becoming more centered around sex a way toprevent communism at the time Birth control became a norm andpremarital sex became more and more popular but still a sexual tabooMore and more stress was being placed on the female role models infamilies and they had no way to release this stress And the stress wascertainly an understandable reaction A fear of bombing created anentire industry of creating bomb shelters from the basic foxhole to theromantic suites with telephones and Geiger meters With all of thesenew worries experts quickly became celebrities and knew that theycould capitalize on the weakness of others Therapy and other forms ofcounseling reached new heights in the 1950sLater in the 7th chapter May touches on the rise of consumer goodsand appliances Houses evolved into a mass produced commodity ratherthan being hand-built by the family seen in yesteryears The evolutionallowed a housewife to watch over her kids in the yard while she workedin the kitchen or were capable of being added on to for a largerfamily All of these factors contributed
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