Today, I’ve been reading one of my favourite blogs, Adventures In Keeping House, which is written by the amazing Sanne.
It is actually one of the blogs that has inspired me to start That Stepford Gal. Sanne is a loving housewife herself with wonderful values and a great talent for taking care of her husband and household.
In her post, The Disappearance Of Feminine Hobbies, she discusses and laments the growing oppression and social hostility towards feminine crafts such as knitting and stitching as well as feminine homemaking activities. As a young, unmarried woman who enjoys such creative pursuits and the like, I noticed the way such hobbies are now perceived by society. It seems to be ‘fine’ if you do out of work hours, albeit a little ‘nerdy’ but if that is what you do as part of homemaking, suddenly you’re deemed useless and idle.
This concept of idleness is simply a sloppy label used by liberals to label any proper hobby that happens to not bring the $$$. A shallow label, indeed.
Thanks to Sanne, I actually realised that there is so much more to homemaking than just housework or cooking. It was time used to built great friendships with neighbours (when was the last time somebody you knew did that?), reading books and studying as well as participating in community groups.
Parents clubs. Charities. Community news. Crafts clubs.
Speaking as someone in their early 20s, none of my work colleagues even know about any of those things! These are activities that strengthen creativity, the community and the ties between neighbours and friends. Our society has really developed into a liberal, lonesome one where only what you (materially) want matters. Only the money you make and what you buy for yourself matters. Only how big your house is and how many holidays you’ve had matters.
Not the state of your home. The wellbeing of and bonding between you and your children. Or the care of your spouse. Or what you can create without expecting money.
We really have to start thinking outside the liberal box, beyond just ourselves.
No wonder we’re getting lonelier and downing more pills.