My father once told me that women gave up superiority for equality. He's got a point.
The way it was
In the stereotypical 1950's household, a woman could be quite powerful. If she had a kind, loving, and financially successful husband, she could spend her time how she chose. She would make the majority of the financial decisions. She lived a comfortable life and didn't have to get up every morning and go to a job she loathed. She could spend precious time with her children.
Said another way, I appreciate that it is a luxury and a gift to have the choice to be a housewife or stay-at-home mom.
On the other hand, it is also extremely valuable to have other choices. In the 1950's, women did not have many opportunities to work outside the home, especially in intellectually challenging roles. Rocket scientist, stock broker, advertising executive: these titles were not available to women. Instead, women had to be cooks, cleaners, mommies, and pretty little sexpots for their husbands.
The way it is
Today, we are all confused. Men don't know how to act toward women in the office. Women don't know how to dress professionally (especially you 20-somethings...cover those knees and toes!...let's not even talk about the cleavage).
And lord knows who is supposed to pay on a date!
Today, it is a complete evil for a woman to want to make the choice to become a housewife. Women must work, just as men must. Additionally, women must be cooks, cleaners, mommies, and pretty little sexpots for their live-in boyfriends (who may eventually become husbands if they play their cards right, but why bother if she's giving up the milk already?...plus,she doesn't need me anyway since she has a high-powered job...).