(note to my sister: I am hand washing all my winter sweaters. 'Bout time, eh?)
Housework had become ... well, like dirty laundry. It's not talked about much. But if I am reading my media tea leaves correctly, I suspect that this is going to change.
Two years ago, Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House was published to a notice and acclaim not usually reserved for books on "home economics".
Last year, Barbara Ehrenreich wrote a controversial Harper's article examining the social and political ramifications of the middle class hiring poor women as maids to clean their homes.
And now this year BUST magazine is getting crafty.
from the editor's letter:
BUST isn't the only voice of women trying to create a home life that reflects their beliefs and to try to resist the siren's call of Martha Stewart. Zines like HipMamma have done so for a while now.
And way back in 1997, the Queen of Zines Pagan Kennedy published the (sadly disappointing) "Pagan Kennedy's Living: the handbook for maturing hipsters"
It's tempting to call all of this a trend or a fad (remember "cocooning"?) but I suspect that this homeward introspection naturally hits when people who get to the age when the prospect of staying begins to be more enjoyable than the thought of going out on the town.
Another proof that this cannot possibly be a hip new fad is that I find myself smack dab in the middle of it which automatically negates this trend of any "coolness".
Check out my knitting below!