The thread about breaking Livy's neck reminded me to post some of the times I thought the walton guys were not showing women respect.
The calf. When Livy wants JB to go get the calf back with money from a quilt Livy made. Grandpa said something about "You sure about that, girl?" I thought that was a little juvenile.
The episode from the first season when JB and Marcia Wolery are talking about heady wine. She asks JB about kissing and he says something about kissing her and she says "only if I say you can." and JB kisses her with male entitlement.
The Collapse when Jason gets in a fight for Betty or Bet. He says something about her being just right when her mouth is closed.
Yeah, I always thought John Boy was a bit creepy in his advances to women.
Also got the willies with some of the single-episode men that came into Erin and Mary Ellen's lives.
Curt seemed a bit chauvinistic toward Mary Ellen now and then.
Not sure if this fits, but I also was annoyed with Grandma and Grandpa in the one episode when Olivia was filling in as a teacher. Can't remember the episode or the exact situation but it had something to do with Olivia's choice in teaching style or treatment of her own children while in class.
It was definitely a different era, and, although in retrospect we may not agree with it, it's one thing that today's political correctness and cultural sensitivity cannot change. One could say the same thing about the treatment of women in ancient history and literature and even the Bible in some places. The only thing we can do now is lead by example towards the proper treatment of women and all people today.
^ I agree wholeheartedly. Even when I was a kid in the 1950s, a woman's place was 'in the kitchen'. There was even more emphasis on those sentiments back in the Walton era: keep 'em barefoot and pregnant. That was made very clear in the 'rape' episode when Olivia talked to the sheriff.
It still exists today and one particularly distressing form: spousal abuse. It occurs occasionally with men on the receiving end, but it is prominently the males imposing upon their spouse or partner, "I Own You!" Lutie Bascomb was the Walton counterpart except his 'ownership' extended beyond his daughter to Rosemary Hunter as well. I expect he treated all females the same way.
On a personal note, I've mentioned in the forum that, like the Waltons, we were a family of 7 kids (5 boys, 2 girls). Dad worked to support all of us. Mom stayed home to take care of us. When my younger sister became old enough to go to school, I was more-or-less put in charge of her. Mom decided she wanted to go to work. I can remember the discussions and arguments with Dad refusing to let her get a job. He finally relented when she packed some suitcases for herself and me and my sister and was ready to walk out. She got a job in a factory that made valves and worked there for many years.
In the early days of her employment, I took care of my sister in the mornings, taking her to and from school, and at home in the afternoon until Mom got off work.
Very few men on the mountain (including the Waltons) disrespected women with the exception of men like Lutie and Son Slater. It was just the way things were in those days. To change it historically would be like transporting slaves in ships with private cabins and room service.
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. - Plutarch