In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
Feminists can’t even feed themselves? And they don’t want to reproduce?Great! Just be patient and the plague will cure itself.Montana Guy
Whether women or men, those who don't know how to take care of themselves at home are destined to either be dependent on others or to live like animals.
So true! All five of mine learned basic skills at home. They weren't allowed to drive until they could change a tire, check oil and tire pressure - all basics but necessary skills. They all learned to cook, can, clean, dress chickens, garden,sew, knit and crochet. Not proficiently, but enough that they are all well balanced citizens. Unfortunately, home ec now consists of prepackaged kits in all areas, but they can at least boil water, in the microwave.
Excellent article. After retiring from the Marine Corps, my husband attended college at Brigham Young University with the plan to major in Computer Science. When he found the Industrial Technology Teacher program he felt like he'd found his home! He's been teaching woodshop, drafting and small engine repair now for almost ten years. In many states there are no positions for such teachers, but Iowa still has those classes and we enjoy living in a tiny rural town. We helped our four boys learn many fix-it and build-it skills before they left home and it has saved them many dollars in many ways. All of our children (four sons and a daughter) learned housekeeping and cooking skills before leaving home too. But then I consider myself an old-fashioned woman, wife, mother and homemaker. Keep spreading the word! Perhaps the next couple of generations will return to their senses and bring some balance back to families.
Out. Of. The. Park. *APPLAUSE*I can quibble that being a housekeeper in a certain era, in a certain culture, must have indeed been an experience of soul-sucking drudgery-- but in that era, we'd already started sucking the "home" out of it all in the interest of manufacturing human resources. I can't see another reason why I've had to reach back beyond my grandmother's homemaking, to the things my grandmother did shamefully because she had to though 'progressive' social engineers had taught her (back in the '20s and 30s) that they were 'backward ways', to find sane, functional, satisfying ways of making our home. They've been cultivating us as a helpless, hapless herd of human resources for a looooooooong time. Time-- past time, really-- to say NO MORE. Taking back Home Ec and Shop classes-- and sending the boys and the girls to take both-- would be an excellent place to start.
My sister decided to teach her teenage son how to cook the basics. When he noted his displeasure she remarked "If something happens to me who's going to cook for you? Your dad? Ha!" Fifteen years later he still enjoys cooking. SuccotashRose
My sewing machine is my creative outlet and I sew all of my clothes. When I mention it, people are amazed. I found a source of fabric - leftovers from the LA garment district with a cost usually of $1/yard for really good quality. I'd rather sew what I envision than waste time shopping trying to find it, and at a price I like. It helps me be frugal!