Saturday, 10 January 2009

What mama thinks: The 'housewife' returns....but is she welcome

I recently interviewed Stacey Murray of the Sheeps Clothing blog for a piece I did for the Herald Sun newspaper on the rise in popularity of the domestic crafts among women.

I argued in a related opinion piece in the same paper that this was very much about women proudly reclaiming the personal realm, as opposed to earlier incarnations of feminism which roundly rejected the domestic sphere.

As Stacey points out on her blog, the pieces have incited much debate - such as this piece by Adelaide columnist Clementine Ford and heated reaction. It is intriguing as I believe Ford and many of the online comments have misunderstood my argument - that embracing the domestic realm is a sign of moving forward for women - that they finally have the voice to reclaim this space.

Anyway, take a look at what Stacey has to say over at her blog, and by all means, feel free to add your thoughts.

There are also active discussions on this article going on in Adelaide here, in Brisbane here and in Maryland, USA here, and in Oakland County, California, USA here.


Anonymous said...

Like feminism itself, this topic is going to cause debate because it goes back to the issue of women's rights and how far we've come..or not. It is interesting however, that many commentators on these sites you have linked to, have simply connected the domestic arts to the 1950s...they are being too simplistic.
Steph in San Jose

Stacey said...

I agree with Steph that most of these commentators are taking the "domestic" angle rather than looking at the questions of sustainability / anti consumerism and good old choice.