Domesticity: the new feminism?

The other day, I stumbled across a book on goodreads which is a website I use to track what I have read and what I want to read (I love it!).  The book is called Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity.  I am waiting to get it from the library and have yet to read it, but it did get me to thinking…

Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity

Many of you may not know this, but I was a Feminist and Gender studies minor in college (CC if any of you are wondering).  I wrote my final paper on feminism in the Bible.   Feminism and gender relations have become an interesting topic for me to observe in my line of work…I am always interested to hear the commentaries people make without even realizing about motherhood, male/female relationships, gender roles, etc.  I try to challenge people’s perspectives on the big F word when I can.

Despite being a self-proclaimed feminist, I love so many things that are stereotypical of docile female women.  I love being a mom, a wife, and a seamstress (sorry, I just can’t get on board with the whole ‘sewist’ thing).   My love of handicrafts did not start with the recent resurgence of crafts-I did not pick up sewing because my friends were doing it, in fact it was something I was made fun of for as a child. I began sewing before the age of 10 because I wanted to.  I have always loved creating. Radical and liberal feminists might criticize me because in many ways because it would appear that I conform to societies ideals about domesticity and beauty.  I know about social constructs and the male gaze; I know that many people would say that I did not choose to be like this.  But I am an agent in my life…I could go on to explain how I feel that I have come to be a lover of the domestic arts of my own accord, but I think that is a conversation for another day.  In the mean time, I am excited to hear what Emily Matchar has to say about it and I am happy that there is a conversation!


4 thoughts on “Domesticity: the new feminism?

  1. I’ve spent countless conversations explaining to friends that my feminism is about choice, and I happen to choose to be the traditional female, doing the cleaning, cooking, crafts, wearing ankle-length skirts almost everyday (they’re comfy!). It all comes down to empowering all women to choose where they stand.

    • Yes, I think people get so hung up with that bra-burning image of women from the 70’s that they end up turning their ears of if you even say the word. If you talk with so many men and women about actual beliefs, many of them will end up agreeing with you.

  2. You are so right. As a former feminist, I chose to stay at home, homeschool my children, and enjoy being a housewife. I don’t regret one bit! Still…it was a choice I made gladly. That, to me, is what feminism is all about! Thanks so much for sharing…truly enjoying your space. m.

    • Indeed! While I know there is progress to be made in this arena, I am so glad that women and men have a choice to stay at home. And I am glad that our society is progressing to a back to basics, family matters mind set!

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