Juicy Lucy…. Misogyny in the ’50s and the Fred & Ethel Mystery #ILoveLucy #misogyny #cocktail

Hello All!

So, I know that it’s no longer technically “Women’s History Month”. But, pandemic. All rules are out the window in this Mad Max society. So, deal with it.

I’ve been binge watching “I Love Lucy” and, being Women’s History Month, I thought this was the perfect time for this post!

First of all… The misogyny! Funny that I’ve watched this show most of my life, but watching it as an adult you can really see the difference in treatment between now and the ’50s. Ricky outright says to Lucy “your job is to cook for me, and keep my home clean.” REALLY?!


lucy bread

He takes Lucy over his knee to spank her for disobeying him on a number of occasions AND NOT IN A SEXY WAY! (which is funny, because in a later episode in season 5 when Lucy has a black eye, Fred says that Ricky has never laid a hand on Lucy before… LIES!)


lucy spanking


I also thought it was interesting that with all of Ricky’s talk of a “proper” marriage dynamic in that time, it comes out in the first season that they have been married for 9 years…. 9 years and no children?? It takes them 11 years to have little Ricky. There isn’t even mention of children!

All of that leads me to Fred and Ethel…. for friends of the Ricardo’s, we don’t get much insight into their characters. How did these two even end up together? A country girl and an ex vaudeville star. How does that happen?? And, why do they not seem to have any children?? What’s their story?

Well, these are the deep thoughts that quarantine brings out of this BookWorm! Any one have thoughts on this? Or, deep thoughts of your own that only a quarantine bring out??

The perfect drink with this post is a “Juicy Lucy” Cocktail



  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1 oz Gin
  • Orange Juice
  • Lemon/Lime soda


  1. Fill a glass with ice
  2. Pour in Vodka, Blue curacao and Gin
  3. Top with equal parts Orange Juice and Lemon/Lime soda
  4. Stir
  5. CHEERS!!


16 thoughts on “Juicy Lucy…. Misogyny in the ’50s and the Fred & Ethel Mystery #ILoveLucy #misogyny #cocktail

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  1. Miss Plumtartt and I watch a lot of older television. We like the really early stuff, as in, live-broadcast stuff from 1949, 1950, and 1951. We have noticed, that a lot of the really early stuff like that is not so rigidly censured by the Hayes Code as later stuff. There is a real difference from the way women are presented prior to 1955. That is when that sort of putting a woman in her place sort of thing became ubiquitous in television. It is strange, the women in the tv show will be bad-ass, but then a commercial will play and the women are totally brain-dead.

    I have not watched Lucy since I was small, but I think I may have the same reaction as you did.

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    1. I’ve always watched things from that era… I think it just took seeing it with the eyes of an adult woman to make me say “… Wait, what??” If you appreciate this, wait for my review of “The Autobiography of a Happy Woman” to come out… That book blew my mind. Written in 1814 but SO INSIGHTFUL!! I couldn’t believe how many things caused this anonymous woman said “I wish this could change and be like this” and they’re STILL THE SAME!
      Now, I am I the least feminist person you will ever meet. I have a huge problem with women who don’t want to be judged by their merit, but by their sex. There are a lot of women out there who say they’re fighting for equality, but they just want to be treated BETTER than men. That’s not the fight we want. Sometimes you just have to realise that men and women have their own strengths and weaknesses and that’s that… In saying that, Lucy was a strong soul, but sometimes Ricky would take his authority too far. If my man had me calling him “sir” he’d wind up regretting it! 😂

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      1. I have never heard of that ‘Autobiography of a Happy Woman’ book, which is odd, considering it is over two hundred years old. I am looking forward to the review.

        Quick lists of early, live-broadcast tv shows I like:

        Science fiction and suspense:
        -Tales of Tomorrow
        -Lights Out

        -Front Page Detective
        -Rocky King
        -Martin Kane

        Happy Trails!


  2. I know we had Lucy over here but way too long ago for me to really remember it. It sounds/looks awful, spanking?? I would have punched his lights out! But misogyny is never far away in this world. Just more subtle (sometimes). I am mainly thinking about photography, and cooking. Lots of deliciousnesses to try out!


    1. Her crazy antics are so fun!! But, I defintitely couldn’t put up with the way Ricky treated her. Even when they have a son (played by their son in real life), whenever Ricky would actually make time for him Lucy would THANK HIM for making time “Oh, it’s so sweet when you come see the baby!”… IT’S YOUR CHILD!! You should get kudos and a parade for sticking your head in once a week to make sure it’s still alive! 😅


    1. Most definitely! Lol! I used to watch it and love Lucy’s antics (and, I still do! “do you pop out at parties? Are you unpoopular?” 🤣 Gets me every time!!) But… Wow. Ricky was quite the dick! I mean, so was Fred in the show, but Ethel could at least hold her own! She wasn’t taking crap from anyone!


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