As with anything else, there are pros and cons for both the man and the woman, I wonder if this type of relationship is appealing to men in Southern California. As with anything, my interpretation of what a 1950s lifestyle means may be different to others.
We all apply meaning to everything based on our experiences, perspectives etc. But you just mean the man is the breadwinner and the wife is a 'stay at home wife'?
Couples in the fifties were not able to text or Facebook message each other like couples today.
Generally, a 1950s lifestyle would be a dynamic where the male is the head of household and the wife's domain is the home. That dynamic has occurred every generation since the 50s. One thing I do like from that time period is the lack of political correctness. I also love the suit and Fedora style before the hippies ruined good taste. If your talking more along the lines of relationships and specific roles then I think it's great that women have the opportunities to be whatever they want.
That traditional paradigm is less common today then it was. Now you had that Cali comment earlier...obviously you were insinuating more... I just wish they would pick either being old fashioned or modern, not a combo of both only when it benefits them.
This impossible balance illustrates the level to which women were expected to adjust to the interests of men, as well as contributes to the ongoing dialogue as to the level of agency given to each gender in dating and courtship culture.
A book called How to Succeed With Women Without Really Trying: The Dastard's Guide to the Birds and Bees sounds like something that would have been published this decade, a novelty book like The Hipster Handbook or The Zombie Survival Guide that's sold at Urban Outfitters and given as gifts between people who you don't want to hang out with.