Ann Romney’s Gendered Martyrdom: “Women and Children First”?

Shove over, Rose, you murderous narcissist.

Credit isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I’m not talking about your credit score or the plastic in your wallet. I’m talking about public accolades. I’m talking about the river of molten gold that comes out of the mouths of people like Ann Romney when describing (what used to be) “women’s work.” Before I [Read More...]

Homemaking: The Ugly

In my previous two posts, I pointed out the advantages (an orderly house, fresh food, simple living) to the homemaking ideal sold by evangelical-fundamentalist organizations like Vision Forum, Above Rubies, and individuals like Mary Pride. I also demonstrated some of the ways the inflexibility of that ideal leads to pain, frustration, a sense of persistent [Read More...]

Homemaking: The Bad

As I wrote in my previous post, the stress on the importance of homemaking in evangelical-fundamentalist culture can produce a really grounded, comforting and peaceful life. But at what cost does that comfort come? One of the main problems with the evangelical-fundamentalist value of homemaking is that it’s inextricably tied to femininity. To be a [Read More...]

Homemaking: The Good

A famous tagline from the film Paradise Recovered, uttered by skeptical hippie Gabriel, goes like this: The point on the ideological spectrum at which far-left bohemians and right-wing fundamentalists meet is a health food store. There’s really something to that. Homesteading, home birth, homeschooling, home-grown food, and homemaking are all crossover cultural practices that appeal [Read More...]


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