Thursday, May 14, 2009

Are You a 1950s Housewife?

I read an article (below) recently which made note of the many women who are returning to their 1950s roots. It's interesting the author should choose the 1950s as the era to go back to. Most likely, it is because Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique was written in 1963, beginning the backlash against traditional feminine roles of women in the home. It was a frontal assault, a blitzkrieg against family values and the woman of the home in particular.

Suburban Housewife Hanging Out a Bit of Laundry, Seen Through Window in typical California Home


Yet, few people are aware that Ms. Friedan wrote a second book in 1981 called The Second Stage wherein she nearly comes right out and confesses she was absolutely wrong about what she said regarding women's roles in the home.

The truth is it is absolutely more rewarding and...shall I say it?....fun to sew, cook, knit, garden and raise chooks (chickens) for one's own family than to sit in a cubicle or wait on total strangers hand and foot all day. Yet, the article mentioned above lists these very things as what many women are going back to. I am so thankful to be one of them.

If you must earn a wage, at least try to carve out some free time to take up crochet or knitting, plant a few large pots with tomatoes in them, and make something from scratch at least once a month. Maybe you can't have chickens, but you could at least visit a local farmer's market and pick up a dozen brown eggs and some fresh veggies and flowers. It would at least start you on the path back to your 1950s roots.

Won't you join us?

"Return of the 1950s housewife:"
http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24858259-2682,00.html