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March 16, 2010

Are We All Just Desperate Housewives?

I read a very interesting article over at Howling Hill this morning, and had to share it with you here.  Accurate, or insulting?  I'd love to hear what you think!

The Femivore's Dilemma

6 comments:

adele57 said...

HI, read the article and frankly I don't like the title femivore. I am a woman trying to help stretch the dollar by becoming more self sufficient. I am not someone out to prove anything except I can provide help for my family this way. I was at one time a nurse and a pharmacy technician but chose to be a stay at home mom when I got married the third time (divorced once, widowed once). I see nothing wrong with helping financially by canning, making bread and yes son to be raising chickens and a cow and rabbits. I want to be self sufficient rather than having to depend on anyone else for anything. But the title femivore sounds like a feminist who goes around eating things. Femi meaning feminine and vore meaning one that eats. Sorry but the name is what is insulting to me, not the actions of the person.
Adele

el said...

My doctor called me one this a.m.! I cringed: I think the two things that separate me are the fact that I do have a job AND I don't homeschool...everything else is kind of on-message, thus, cringe-inducing. Except, good golly, you would never catch me in a dress in the chicken yard, or, well, anything frilly at all! Impractical!

Oh and NOBODY in the Bay Area makes less than $40K unless they've got a trust fund.

Phelan said...

I find it hilarious. These are the same people that have looked down on us for years. Now they behave as though it is a new discovery. It will turn out to be a fad, and all those chicken will end up in the pound with the pot belly pigs.

Howling Hill said...

Thanks for stopping by HH.

Interesting article in that it gentrified our choices. By doing so, our choices have been legitimatized. I guess anyways.

Shawna said...

I read the Feminine Mystique many years ago and am only too familiar with the cage that so many women fought to escape. I read their stories, understood their feelings, and yet still longed for their opportunities and abilities to be at home.

I find it interesting... and the term does not offend me. In fact, it describes many of the choices we have made here at home without really being aware that we were making them.

The home schooling only last a year as my youngest son truly belongs in the structure of "organized education." His choice and desire, not mine; although, he is thriving there and is much more at peace.

And my husband still works; anyone living in California really must work to make ends meet, especially with 7 children; I on the other hand left teaching 11 years ago on maternity leave--the whole turning to a more sustainable way of living is more of hobby or pastime for us.

We garden for pleasure and purpose, we tend chickens because it feels good and is fun and provides us with scrumptious and ample supplies of eggs, we have 16 fruit trees as it keeps my husband busy, entertained, happy... and it cuts down on our food bill some and provides healthy alternatives to commercial fruits, we have a clothes line for drying the sheets--I still prefer my clothes dryer for jeans and most clothing... it is by preference that we choose these activities. The benefits or consequences are merely an added bonus--a few of my children truly love the atmosphere it creates, a few others despise it, a few others don't really notice or pay attention.

A label for our preferences in living, I find it interesting.

ruralaspirations said...

Well, I guess according to this article I am a femivore. And yes, we homeschool and love it. It's a lifestyle I find gives me a sense of purpose, accomplishment, and the feeling that I'm a little more connected to the natural world.

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