Very occasionally, there’ll be something in the House that riles someone up. It might be the content of the post, or sometimes it’s one of my comments. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but since I got a message about the homosexual magazine (and attached shotgun comment) this morning, now is as good a time as any to point something out.
Long-time Googiephiles (and even those of you new to the House) will know that comments attached to pictures in the House often contain more than trace amounts of sarcasm. In the case of outrageously sexist or prejudiced material, an outrageously sexist or prejudiced comment will be added to it. This is not to say that I endorse the attitudes or consider them ‘correct’ in any fashion - nine times out of ten it’s horrifying how backwards it is from our point of view. But as a historian, one thing you are taught to do is think in the mindset of the era, which is what I like to do. Any comments about housewives, homosexuals, or ethnic minorities that seems to be a bit off-colour is in no way intended to upset or offend anyone, it’s simply there to point out how much attitudes have changed. Comments I make are often intended to fit in with the era.
Again, I’m not advocating shooting homosexuals or handing women an iron and a shirt and telling them to get to work - that’s not the way the world works anymore and it’s not the way the world should work at all. But in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, these were the prevailing attitudes, and while we can all be thankful that we live in a more enlightened age, to pretend these attitudes never existed is not the right way to approach history. The House of Googie is a friendly place to be enjoyed by everyone, and if anyone takes offence at anything on the blog, then I do apologise and hope you understand that it was never the intention.