For those on the Left who wish to return to the economic organization of the 1950's, recognize that this era of more uni0ns and a greater dominance of the economy by hard-core manufacturing also had strong social inhibitions to half the adult population working paid jobs. As women entered the work force in droves in the 1970's to the present, most of the jobs they found were in the new service industries whose displacement of manufacturing you lament.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so here is the Battleship game box my son found in a stack of old games at his grandparents house. The boys having a blast while the girls are washing the dishes.
Update: More from Matt Welch and Michael Barone. Money quote: