Sorry that I haven't been in better touch. What is it about the onset of spring that brings out the flu bugs? Probably the warmer weather...but suffice it to say, I've been ill, and now I'm on the mend.
I wanted to let you know about a book that I haven't been able to put
down in the last few days. It's called "Just a Housewife: The Rise and
Fall of Domesticity in America" by Glenna Matthews. Ms. Matthews
realized that in all the feminist arguments, the actual history of the
housewife has been pretty much unexamined and ignored--which I find
ironic, considering all of the speeches about the poor, oppressed wife
coming from the podiums of so many radical feminists.
where you stand on the feminist issue, this book will be enlightening.
One of the things I've been learning is that there is a spectrum
regarding feminism. There are feminists, such as myself, who want women
to simply have equal opportunity under the law (known as equity
feminists) and there are fanatical (gender) feminists who want to
transform everything about the female experience...from our history (or
as they term it--'herstory') to our family and social structure. This
book is fascinating because it deals with the details of a woman's
domestic life over two centuries, and how changes in politics,
commercialism, and academia, all have molded how today's women clean,
cook, and mother their children. It also shows how, in the so-called
name of 'progress', we have lost something very precious in our
society--the safety and sacredness of a well-run home, and the respect
for those who keep it that way.