The perfect wife is a good cook but is happy to stand up to her man, according
to new research.
Using what was purported to be a 1950s "Good Wife's
Guide" as a template, the study looked at what men look for in their ideal woman
today, and found that while a lot of things have changed, the quickest way to a
man's heart is still through his stomach.
The days of the
subservient wife are long gone, most men now believe chores should be shared
While women's role as housekeeper may have moved on over the
past 50 years, almost half of men still believe that being able to cook is the
most important skill a woman can have.
But while a compliant and
submissive wife was expected back in the post-war years, modern men actually
respect a woman who will stand up to them, with 59 per cent rating it as an
important feature of their relationship.
Two-thirds of the men
questioned said they appreciated women with a head for figures, with 69 per cent
saying they wanted a wife who could manage the family finances for them.
The infamous Good Wife's Guide, which was allegedly published by
"Housekeeping Monthly" in 1955, gave tips to women such as to plan meals the
night before, and to have their husband's dinner ready when he came home from
It said: "Don't complain if he's late home for dinner or even if
he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone
through that day."
The new survey of 2,309 men and women, conducted by
ICM on behalf of the Ideal Home Show, also found that what today's women think
their partners expect from them differs vastly from what men actually want.
For example, although 72 per cent of women thought men hated being
dragged around the shops, 63 per cent of the men said they did not mind it. And
while 65 per cent of women thought men expected household chores to be left to
them, almost 75 per cent of men said they believed they should be shared
The survey also showed that some things will never change -
more than half of men expect to be able to go out with their friends and come
home late without their partners complaining.
All this to be taken with a grain of piquant salt!!!