Then I was in St. Paul at BlogHer Handmade/The Creative Connection I met writer Emily Matchar who is working on a book about ‘the new domesticity.’ A few weeks ago she interviewed me and then a few days ago I ran across her recent piece in The Washington Post.
I find the whole discussion so interesting. I’ve always been crafty and I grew up in a home where my family was very hands-on with everything from building a deck and sewing clothes to repairing cars and cooking meals. So naturally, although I enjoyed these things, I aspired to get a job, live in a big city highrise with a doorman and live off of takeout and Lean Cuisine. And I did, and it was mostly amazing.
But ugh, Lean Cuisine is terrible! Today I’m far from a perfect eater but I know that I much prefer to eat real, fresh food. Most surprisingly I found that I like to cook it, too. And sometimes even grow it! I also like to make my own jewelry, decorate my own home and, basically, design my own life. I don’t see these things as my responsibility as a woman nor do I think I ought to avoid them simply because they were traditionally women’s work. They are just some of the many things I enjoy along with being the resident IT wizard, running a business and changing all the lightbulbs (my husband hates heights, hehe). For me knowing how to do something myself, no matter the subject, is empowering. Later I can decide if that’s how I want to spend my time. It drives me crazy when I hire a professional only to discover that the job was simple enough to do myself…and it’s happened twice this month!
What do you think about ‘the new domesticity?’