Marriage in the 1950s and 60s | From wedding vows to happily ever after?
CHANNEL | The Light Programme
FIRST BROADCAST | 09 December 1955
DURATION | 2 minutes 50 seconds
In this extract, recorded at Dulverton in Somerset, the 'Any Questions?' panel debate a thorny problem: at what age should an unmarried woman be called a 'spinster'?
The mainly derogatory term 'spinster' refers to an unmarried woman, especially one who is beyond the usual age of settling down. The first recorded use of the term is in Middle English, between 1100 and 1500, when it was employed to describe 'women who spin' (during the production of textiles). By the 17th Century it was the legal description applied to unmarried women and from the 18th Century onwards it developed the connotations that are familiar today.
Which qualities helped to make an 'ideal' 1950s wife?
A white wedding and a honeymoon or a house deposit?
When does spinsterhood start?
Teenage runaways head for Gretna Green.
How do women spend their housekeeping?
A 'day in the life' of three married couples.
Teenagers' views on sex and marriage.
Will changing the divorce law make Britain more 'divorce minded'?
The social changes affecting marriage in post-war UK life.
The good, the bad and the purpose of marriage in the 1960s.
Is marriage out of date or does it still have relevance in modern society?
The movers and shakers of 1965 on women and marriage.
Why are modern couples rejecting traditional values?
How children have altered the lives of young married couples.
Some of the reasons for the breakdown of marriage are explored.
Life after divorce in the 1960s.
An invitation to the wedding of Norma and Barry - and Diana and Tim.
Why are white shirts and shiny floors the sign of a good woman?
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