Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Housewifery

Mini-rant. Hold on to something.

The term "homemaker" has always grated on me. It arose out of the need to make being a stay-at-home mom and being a career professional the same thing. They're not. A career brings in money. Being a housewife doesn't. Being a stay-at-home mom means you're raising kids.

Are women actually ashamed of running their household? Why are we trying to cheapen the incredible role of a housewife by making it equivalent to working a 9-5 job? I suppose the decline of family life in society could have something to do with it. Families are no longer as important as they were and so raising a family is no longer considered as important or special a role as it once was. We have to somehow validate it by turning it into a career. Also, feminism has swung too far around. Instead of equality dictating that women are able to and may have professional careers, now we all must have professional careers.

Careers are necessary, but in today's society they seem to often be just the means of gaining status and wealth. If I become a mother, I will not wish to have my role as a parent associated with that capitalistic and empty paradigm. It's not what raising a family is about. Being able to raise a family is an honour and an incredible gift from God. Who would want their kids to think that Mom is ashamed of raising them if it means she doesn't have an official career?

The term homemaker has been showing its face in more and more places. I wonder if it will ever stop sounding like fingernails on a chalkboard.

I seem to be doing a fair number of Mark Twain quotes recently. Here's your fix for the day:

"What, Sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, Sir, mighty scarce."

1 comment:

art said...

Another term for housewife I have heard is "Domestic Engineer". This term is worse than "Homemaker" in my opinion. Besides, it is an illegal term to use in Canada unless the "Homemake" actually is an engineer.