Sunday, November 27, 2011

Extreme Domesticity

Lora linked to an article about the younger generation discovering do-it-yourself domestic pursuits. Katie and Rachel fit in the age-range for these women who are cooking, baking bread, mending, knitting, gardening, healing with herbs, etc. But they're not blundering about, trying to figure out these domestic matters, almost as if they're spiting the feminism that was foisted upon them by my generation. Because I taught them a lot of these skills, and I sure didn't foist feminism upon them!

After reading the article, I still can't figure out if I'm avant garde or if I'm hopelessly old-fashioned. Not that it matters much, especially if those two are merging into the same thing these days.

I find it terribly amusing.


  1. Sometimes I lie awake thinking, "Shoot! I forgot to teach ___ how to sew a button!


    Jane S.

  2. But if the gals in this article can learn without having been taught, then so can our kids! Even with all the things I may have failed to teach my kids, I still think they're ahead simply by having been around when I did some of those chores. There are things I didn't know how to do, but I had something of a clue from having seen my mom or grandma tackle the job. Learning-by-osmosis may not be everything, but it's more than nothing!

  3. Yes - I learned how to sew a button by watching my mother and grandmother (they didn't know I was paying attention). Also, I learned that you can cut the end of the yarn with a cigarette if you don't have scissors! LOL.