Monday PSA: Reading Romance Novels Means You Don’t Care About Your Career
9:30 am, December 19th | by Amy Tennery
It wasn’t enough to be a “working girl” of the 1950s — as this taped radio show from the era proves, you have to show your mettle in the working world by displaying absolutely zero interest in personal relationships.
In today’s Monday PSA, a 1950s working woman is rated on a scale of zero to 100, “with the aid of two psychologists,” who attempt to discover “how determined a career girl” she is. Super.
The woman in this segment is subject to a series of questions about her resolve in the workplace. She says she’s “pretty confident” when dealing with superiors, is an “efficient executive” and says she’d never give up her career ambitions — and even says she believes many of her contemporaries have “too much talent” not to pursue a career.
Her fatal flaws, however: she “occasionally” reads “love stories” and has considered marriage in “a detached sort of way.” This is an epic fail, apparently, because the judges are kinda harsh, rating her a 62 out of 100. “She says she would not give up her career for marriage,” they explain, “but she definitely has a yearning for romance.”
Shame on you, working woman of the 1950s.
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