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REVOLUTION IN THE AMERICAN HOME...
Who goes out most — husbands or wives ? I I I OR ‘®B£ "t- THEN: (fives stayed home, while husbands went out usually to play cards _\ I OS JWfcflß • wJu "MJI I \ |f( I I / Hl— ill U ■ NOW : Hite’s go out tnore than husbands. Top recreations: for women, cards; for men, bowling Look what’s happened to that old male privilege the "night out!” , gj| By Dr. MARGUERITE L. RITTENHOUSE A night out” used to be strictly the prerogative of the man in the family. Father played poker or pinochle with the boys while Mother stayed home ironing and pickle-preserving. But a just-completed This Week survey reveals that this picture of the American home is as out of-date as the old-fashioned icebox. Today, it turns out, more wives than husbands are taking an evening off. No fewer than 80 per cent of the women interviewed spend at least one evening a month "with the girls” playing cards, bowling, theatergoing, visiting. Seventy-six per cent of the men spend at least one evening a month at a ball game, bowling, or other recreation. This fact that women are getting out after supper more often than men is Surprise No. 1 of the survey, based on interviews with 600 fconomirt and racial tnntift, Dr. RiHonhour* hat tfrwt sh. hit thn. y*on in o rtvdy of family problomt, including flnanct, location and l.irur. Um.. families, chosen from across the nation for an accurate cross-section sample of the population. Surprise No. 2 is the "recreation” that leads all others in popularity with both men and women. It’s going to meetings. PTA, school-building com mittees, church-discussion groups, suburban town meetings today’s fathers and mothers are evi dently more concerned with the duties of citizen ship than with cocktail parties, sports events or other amusements. And an emerging pattern nfmS *3 K. iwn W Biggest night out for both sexes: going to meetings seems to be that either the husband or wife goes to the meeting, while the other parent baby-sits. Here’s how wives and husbands respectively spend their nights out in order of frequency: Wives: Attending meetings; playing cards; going to movies, theater or concerts; visiting and gossiping; cocktail and dinner parties, bowling. Husbands: Attending meetings; bowling; playing cards; attending sports events; participating in sports (other than bowling); cocktail and dinner parties. None of the husbands in the survey went to movies, the theater or concerts on their nights out. In general, the "Nights Out” survey shows the effect of basic economic changes on the American home. Labor-saving appliances free more wives to pursue their own interests. And in many cases, evenings spent at meetings or just with the girls provide a release from home-engendered tension. As one woman put it, "There’s such a thing as too darn much togetherness!” Th* End 11