Rejecting and demonizing the entire workforce may demoralize women who do have careers and it's not going to help make it a more hospitable place for mothers who have no choice but to work. When faced with the increasing stress of modern life wanting to return to a simpler life is completely understandable, but there is a danger in romanticizing the past. Women learning the crafts of running a home should not underestimate the importance of financial independence. Being able to make jam and sew your children's clothes is no replacement for the ability to financially support your family if you should need to.
I'm sure many people will take offense at this book and that's too bad, because I think it's very evenhanded and fair and it is a book that needed to be written. Young women disillusioned with the workforce that are thinking of choosing this path should do so with their eyes wide open--read this book. View all 6 comments. Jul 07, Andrea rated it did not like it. I wanted to like this book, but ended up not being able to finish it because it's just a huge pile of insufferable yuppie bullshit.
The author obviously has never spoken to the people for whom these skills were never lost. In fact I'm not sure she's ever spoken to anyone outside her own affluent white demographic. She buys into sheer idiocy without critique or reflection, such as referring to the anti-vaccination movement as "the wisdom of our grandmothers. In short, the author and her book typify everything that is wrong with the current "homesteading" trend as practiced by people with more money than sense.
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Dec 09, Sarah rated it did not like it. View all 3 comments. Jul 27, Maureen rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction. I was so excited read this book, and I was disappointed with it. Actually, annoyed is probably the more correct term. Matchar is extremely critical of attachment parenting and it seems painful for her to admit that breastfeeding "can confer some important immunological benefits" She spends a great deal of time illustrating that women cannot get rich off blogging or selling homemade items on Etsy. She seems to miss the fact that making money isn't the point. The idea is to be more I was so excited read this book, and I was disappointed with it.
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The idea is to be more self-sufficient. Yes, making money can lead to self-sufficiency, but it isn't the only way. It also comes from a realization that other things are more important. Family, time, and a different kind of independence are worth more. She also criticizes the people who practice this lifestyle as being selfish. Yes, it's raised as a question but it seems to be her conclusion.
Instead of these people working for social reform, they are focusing only on their families. If it is seen as judgmental to question a woman who puts her infant in daycare to go back to work, without it being an absolute necessity, then it should be seen as equally judgmental to say that women who homeschool, grow their own food, and make their own clothes are selfish. I don't see people who practice this new domesticity as running away from life.
Indeed, they are living a more authentic version. Matchar not only misses the point, she also doesn't validate it. Jun 15, Elizabeth rated it liked it Shelves: feminism , mamalove. Why opt out? It is to stand against all that is not working says Matchar.
Mistrust of government, factory farming, lack of family-friendly work environments. All have led educated women to want a more family-centric life. This is a book of anecdotes. And repetition. I wanted more depth. What does it mean that young, educated women put their domestic life above other societal concerns? What about gender equality? And, would it be better to take to the streets and demand affordable day care instead of rejecting society? I dunno, I wish there was a chapter about that. Jul 19, Donna rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction. Another nonfiction book that was just a step above "OK" but a small step.
The most enlightening thing I read was the revelation that neo-con, evangelical, right-wingers are mere inches away from eco-warrior, secular, left-wing hippies when it comes to the DIY culture and the motivations behind adopting that life style. Otherwise the book itself could have been a long magazine article in, say, The Atlantic which has carried other major articles on this spectrum , because much of it is Another nonfiction book that was just a step above "OK" but a small step.
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Otherwise the book itself could have been a long magazine article in, say, The Atlantic which has carried other major articles on this spectrum , because much of it is repetitious--constantly reintroducing us to stay-at-home moms we have already met. The most helpful tip given to those who are thinking about corporate life is that it is only a minuscule portion of the mommy bloggers and the etsy sellers who make any considerable money off of their home businesses. It's not that I don't support the idea of moms being with their kids full time -- after all I gave up a legal career to do so -- but one shouldn't make that decision thinking that you can make up a good portion of your lost income via e-commerce.
I love my children dearly, but it was best for all of us that I not engage in home-schooling -- we all needed a break from each other. Being a different kind of woman, I supplemented my need for engagement with others through continuing education in philosophy and literature rather than in meet-ups at the farmers' market and soap-making. But to each her own -- let's live and let live. Women should make their choices and others should not criticize.
Only be aware that it takes a good deal of standing in the middle class to be able to choose the DIY lifestyle; those living in poverty do it because they don't have a choice. View 1 comment. Apr 20, Alexis rated it it was amazing.
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This is a fairly brief, easily readable survey of what the author calls the "new domesticity"--the back to the home trend--and its impact on women. I was already fairly familiar with a lot of the ideas--the cult of the natural, the romanticization of the past, and the "women leaving the workforce" idea.
What makes the book work is that she ties it all together, as a manifestation of what is ultimately a pretty conservative, individualistic, DIY ethos. The new domesticity movement doesn't just This is a fairly brief, easily readable survey of what the author calls the "new domesticity"--the back to the home trend--and its impact on women.
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The new domesticity movement doesn't just place a burden on women to be nurturers: it places that burden on individual women to find their way and make their solutions. Whether it's questioning doctors about vaccines, homeschooling their kids, growing their own food, or quitting their job, the solutions are personal. Ultimately, as Matchar says but could argue a little more forcefully we need more collective, socially based solutions fo the problems women face.
The New Domesticity is seductive--and there is creative satisfaction to be found in it--but it will not solve the problems women face today. Jul 07, Holly Klump rated it really liked it.
Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity by Emily Matchar
This book brought up so much for me and really deserves a long, long post. A few gripes: a lot of repeated facts throughout the book suggested poor editing. Very "quotes heavy", which is "distracting" to the reader. The focus was nearly exclusively on white, middle class, heterosexual couples namely, the female half the relationship with kids who blog about their "natural" lifestyle.
I know plenty of white , middle to lower income women who may or may not have kids and embrace the new This book brought up so much for me and really deserves a long, long post. I know plenty of white , middle to lower income women who may or may not have kids and embrace the new domesticity I also know plenty of people who have embraced this lifestyle long before it became cool or mainstream, and long before there were outlets like Facebook to post a picture of the perfect from scratch blueberry pie guilty!
The author is extremely urban-centric, though I realize that NEW domesticity is the focus of the book.
In certain circles, composting or keeping chickens has never been a trend or the green thing to do I loved the author's comparison of super lefty liberals to conservative right wingers, and think her comparisons are fair. Why are we such a black and white society? Is there no place in this world for organic eggs AND cheese nips?
The author makes valid points, and I appreciate the last chapter of the book, which is a wrap up of observations and suggestions. The main takeaway is that we as a society need to focus on the betterment of us all, not just on the betterment of our own families under the guise of personal choice and the bootstraps mentality. And the mommy wars thing really has got to go. Are we so insecure that we must judge others on choosing cable TV over spending their last pennies on free range, biodynamically grown arugula?
Perfection is impossible. We are full of contradictions. What are we trying to prove by demanding it from ourselves? I can't wait to discuss this book with my crafty friends. Mar 21, Juli Anna rated it it was ok Shelves: slow-home-research.
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Matchar tips her hand as a journalist with her casual, unacademic tone she actually uses as a noun "fuck-you" in all legitimacy, in her own voice. That being said, she did offer a slightly different perspective on this cultural movement than I've heard before. However, she could benefit from a lot more research and a little less smugness and cheekiness.
edutoursport.com/libraries/2020-02-06/1394.php Jul 01, Christine Cato rated it it was ok Shelves: didn-t-finish-it. This book is really annoying. I am on page 3. View 2 comments.
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