The, Homeward Bound : American Families During The Cold War Era

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We have to contain the spread of Communism. We have to contain our women, our children, anything that goes against our American values and leaders. This was one of many widely held beliefs during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. In the book, Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era, the author Elaine T. May defines domestic containment as being a protectorate of the nuclear family; which consisted of: the bread-winner father, the stay at home mother (housewife) and well behaved children. This, was to stay aligned with our patriarchal society, where men were seen as superior; and women and children as in inferior. Thus, in need of protection by them. Overall, containment was the key to security for the wellbeing of all Americans. The connection between containment abroad and on the home front (domesticity) is that it was a reinforcement of the status quo previously held. Containment aptly describes the way in which public policy, personal behavior, and even political values were focused on in the home (). Men were expected to find stable jobs so they could provide for the family; and sometimes to go to war for our beloved country. Whereas, the women were expected to succumb to the man’s desires (sexually), procreation, and to tend to the home. Thus, containment at home (domesticity) was the maintenance of clearly defined gender roles in order to keep the family intact. Just like containment abroad was designed to maintain a balance of power globally,
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