Quote from MichaelaR27
forced due to the baby boom... hence the name, mother's little helper.
Well there was that, yes but it went deeper.
But the Stones knew what they were singing about and it was an attack on surburban middle and above class women whom could access *drugs* easily and legitimately for really no reason beyond not being able to "cope". OTHO the harsh anti-drug laws of the UK, and USA sent persons behind bars for doing pretty much the same.
"What a drag it is getting old
Kids are different today,
I hear evry mother say
Mother needs something today to calm her down
And though shes not really ill
Theres a little yellow pill
She goes running for the shelter of a mothers little helper
And it helps her on her way, gets her through her busy day"
Speaks to the above. Women who are perhaps getting on and or otherwise cannot cope with having to deal with being at home all day with their children and or housework.
"Things are different today,
I hear evry mother say
Cooking fresh food for a husbands just a drag
So she buys an instant cake and she burns her frozen steak
And goes running for the shelter of a mothers little helper
And two help her on her way, get her through her busy day"
The 1950's and 1960's saw the introduction of frozen and other "prepared" type foods that allowed in theory for housewives to skip much of the hassle of cooking/baking from scratch as their mothers, grandmothers and so forth had done. The fact a housewive couldn't handle "cooking" a frozen steak and it rattles her so much she needs a little *something* to calm her down is again another dig on modern housewives of the period.
"Men just arent the same today
I hear evry mother say
They just dont appreciate that you get tired
Theyre so hard to satisfy, you can tranquilize your mind
So go running for the shelter of a mothers little helper
And four help you through the night, help to minimize your plight"
This was the biggie!
A married woman at that time was still considered in some respects her husband's property, and legally couldn't refuse him "reasonable" access to her body. Denial of conjugal rights were grounds for a husband to start divorce proccedings.
When foreplay amounted to a friendly arm nudging you in the middle of the night and a voice mummering "honey, are you awake"? Then the act itself amounted to a few moments with a grunt and a moan (often regardless of if one was in the mood or not), the thing became something one had to endure rather than anything else. Some husbands/men did care about their wive's pleasure. Others were either ignorant or simply moved under the rule "I had my fun, and that is all that matters". One had to be very careful about pushing the point. There still was a cult that thought "nice girls" didn't take too much of an active interest in sex. To make demands upon one's husband could give him pause to wonder about one's background, or worse you were making an attack on his masculinity.
While the above may not have been enough to make one's eyes roll back in one's head with delight, it was enough to get one with child, which happened often enough. With safe abortions illegal at that time and the Pill not yet on the market you didn't have very many options to stop all those babies from coming. If a wife was depressed stuck at home with one child, think how she felt with two, three, four, five....
Complaining and or moaing about your plight fell often on dead ears. Everyone from your mother on down would likely answer "just what is your problem?", you have a husband who loves you, a wonderful home, beautiful children...... so he makes "requests" at night or even during the day, that is part of your job, I never refused your father..."
Bottom line was that many women married not so much out of love but because they *thought* that was what they were supposed to do. Lord knows the careers open to women at the time didn't offer much in the way of pay nor excitement. However once married one usually had to lay in the bed you had made. Divorce was not always easy to obtain and then it being a man's world you could be left with literally nothing. The house, bank accounts, charge cards, etc.. were all likely in your husband's name.
It wasn't until Betty Friedan's book "The Feminine Mystique"
came out in 1963 that a voice was given to what previously had no name. It seems odd to us today but scores of men and society seemed to have no idea that vast numbers of women,especially married women were *very* unhappy. Of course why should they? These were the same persons telling women it was "all in their heads" and writing scripts for Miltowns, Valiums, and other mind numbing drugs. Betty Friedan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
One of the best movies (IMHO) about the period was "Diary of a Mad Housewife" Diary of a Mad Housewife PG Version Part 1.wmv - YouTube
Based upon the book of the same: Diary of a Mad Housewife - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia