More on Women, housework & the 21st century

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My post the other day on this topic revealed my complete ignorance of house & home magazines (this deficiency in my reading was kindly pointed out in a recent comment). I have rushed to the store to get hold of a bunch of womens’ magazines and have been reading them with a critical eye for ‘housework mania‘ inducing words and imagery.

Well I must confess I had not realised how pervasive the imagery of good housekeeping was in these magazines. I usually read New Scientist, Time, Business Review Weekly etc. – they do not have many pictures of lovely sparkling clean houses with lots of well placed nick-nacks. But these other magazines certainly do! They have it in spades. In fact the spaces not already occupied by the other 2 key items (food-challenged models & very nice looking food) are occupied by little pictorial features on how to improve the home.

Then my searches took me to the internet, where I found the FLYladywhere visitors are greeted with:

‘Are YOU living in CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) like Franny in the pink sweats? Do you feel overwhelmed, overextended, and overdrawn? Hopeless and you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry friend, we’ve been there, too. Step through the door and follow FlyLady as she weaves her way through housecleaning and organizing tips with homespun humor, daily musings about life and love, the Sidetracked Home Executives (SHE™) system, and anything else that is on her mind.

Now this site does not even seem to glimpse the oppression that covers this whole area of housework like a miasma (or a fog in a really bad 1950s horror movie).

More on the humorous side is the Bad Mothers Club – subtitled ‘In the aisle by the chill cabinets, no-one can hear you scream.’ This site at least recognises that some of this stuff is not important. There are also some good tips on time management (e.g. put the kids in their school clothes before bed as this saves a lot of time in the morning – I might even try this one for work?)

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