Azrael wrote: kcr wrote:
And here is an advantage of growing up with not just a feminist mother, but a feminist father as well.
I kind of blame feminism for a bit of our generation's lack of domestic knowledge.*
From my perspective, our grandmothers taught our mothers how to cook, clean, iron, blah blah because it was the women's job at the time. Then feminism hit and our mothers rebelled against the idea of "women's work." Up to here, everything is good.
For the lucky ones of you, the next step meant that your mother then passed on her knowledge to both sons and
daughters. And likewise with your father teaching you young lasses to change your tires and pump your own gas. Not so for me, or my fiance. So she can't cook, can't iron, barely understands the proper way to do laundry. I can
do these things, but only because I'm self taught. And hated my mom's cooking.
I did get the manly stuff, though. My dad is a very hands on person, so am I. Washing machines are easy -- it's no different than my table saw and recipes are just assembly instructions.
Note: If you can't figure out basic ironing, you need help. Confusion about complex tasks -- like velvet? who owns velvet?
-- or a dislike in general are perfectly acceptable.*Ok, it's not really feminism's fault...
I don't know WHOSE fault it is, I just know that thanks to The Great And Powerful Dadoo, I can change a tire, drive a manual transmission, kill and gut a fish, tan an animal hide, sharpen a knife, tell real pearls from convincing fakes, build a fire, and check all the fluids your average car.
But I can't do my hair. Google taught me to knit. As mentioned before- ROTC taught me ironing. (And shining combat boots!) My college roommate taught me to cook. I taught myself makeup- friends taught me how to dress like a girl. At the age of 25 I'm just now learning how to talk to boys. And yeah, first period? Best friend's mom fielded that one.
I have a very capable mother, who managed to never teach me anything in life, ever, except 'we don't talk about our feelings in this house.'
Clearly, this is all her fault.