Who ever said that taking care of the home was less important than being out in the world, and taking that world by storm? The Feminists did.
Homemaking skills are coming to the fore in the response to the Corona Virus pandemic. Staying at home is now a governmental edict in many states. Those of us who chose to stay home long ago, may actually see the years of self-sacrifice paying off.
Now cooking, cleaning, laundering, planning is about the extent of our world. For those of us who have already been home, this is our realm. We are already acclimated to this environment. This shut down presents us with a chance to shine. For the stay at home wife, this is an opportunity to go deeper, and excel at her vocation. Dinner together at home is now the highlight of family life. Wives and mothers are enjoying delving into recipe books, trying new dishes. We feel we can be more creative, more nurturing than ever before.
This forced ‘layoff’ is offering other benefits, such as the opportunity to take long walks outdoors with your family. Now we have the time to de-clutter, to organize. Sorting through old clothes and belongings brings back memories, and gives you the chance to make peace with your past. The inherent stress in this scenario inspires us to turn to our sources of strength, the books, the scriptures, our positive “influencers” for guidance and comfort.
By showing compassion for others, making phone calls to the elderly, sending cards and letters to others who are suffering cabin fever, we can put our troubles into perspective. Homemakers are known for these humble tasks in the good times, and how much more vital are they during this pandemic.
The financial straits that are sure to come are already pushing us toward thrift and conserving of valuable household resources. It is also causing many to reevaluate not only their spending habits but how they make a living.
For those who chose the careerist path, is it the same for them? Does the feminist relish being at home, or does she feel hemmed in, unproductive and out of her element? Does she regret not developing her domestic side? Is it hard for her to get excited about meal preparation and making do with less?
Is all this time with husband and children making her a little (or a lot) crazy?
This is a great time for married feminists to explore the road less traveled, to try walking on it for a while. They may discover the simple joys of devoting oneself to family, home, and community. It may awaken that primal longing for just being a woman.
Beyond Feminist is a former feminist who is a contributor to our blog.