I hate the fact that time has turned things like keeping house, cooking for the family, and tending to the yard into things that are by their nature somehow demeaning to women. I find a lot of pleasure in knowing that my family is well cared for. I LIKE a clean house, a tidy and often used kitchen, the smell of a meal cooking on the stove. I prefer spending my evenings in the garden than to sitting around watching television.
I sometimes think about having a career, but I don’t know that it would be more fulfilling than domesticity. I don’t think that being a housewife is my highest or most important calling, I don’t think that it is the extent of all that I’m made for, but it is usefull.
And, hey, if there ever IS a zombie apocalypse, my family won’t have to worry about being well fed. I also am fairly good at going without electricity. Long power outages in snowstorms have sort of prepped me for the end of all things.
I just think that while women’s suffrage was a good and necessary thing, the backlash against being pigeonholed as women has cost us a lot as well. Breastfeeding your child isn’t demeaning, it’s healthy and natural. Caring for your family isn’t a torment, it’s a gift to both family and caregiver. Domesticity has it’s joys and importance. It may not be as “important” as being president, but… How big of a price tag does a happy, well fed and well loved child carry? I’d gladly trade my own dreams for the future for the dreams of my kids.
Not because I’m forced to. Because I want to.