Whereas these volumes focus more closely on the technology of housewifery
and the shift of the burden of work from production to consumption, Matthews intelligently connects these trends to changes in the moral valuation of the home.
In the end, "chips and sawdust" "will not be chips and sawdust to you: they will rather be like those little words, `light' and `music'"; everything will signify "love"--but a love that is properly trained into domesticity by the tools of industry and housewifery
In fact her personal experience of housewifery
was rather minimal, some would say nonexistent.
In the late 1950s, with the transition to consumerism (the third stage of postwar recovery) "the emphasis of housewifery
shifted again from rational management of scarce resources to the creative production" of a modem consumer lifestyle (pp.
These ingenious texts, she clam, have simultaneously avoided, glamorized, and vindicated" the occupation of housewifery
She recognizes that female intellectuals were working to professionalize housewifery
, to redefine maternal responsibility and to rethink marriage, a process s interprets in three ways:
The tides have turned, and gone are the days when women were only cut out to a life of housewifery
and popping babies.
Among their topics are theories of humor and modern poetry, humor and authority in Ezra Pound's Cantos, laughing in the gallery: Melvin Tolson's refusal to hush, poetry and good humor: Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop, Phyllis McGinly: defending housewifery
with a laugh, and humor and autobiography in John Ashbery's poetry and prose.
Anthony Bourdain, a surprising hero of the home ec revolution, wrote in his book Medium Raw: "Back in the dark ages, young women and girls were automatically segregated off to home-economics classes, where they were indoctrinated with the belief that cooking was one of the essential skill sets for responsible citizenry - or, more to the point, useful housewifery
As she is being introduced before a 1975 speech to the Conservatives, (5) Thatcher wields a feather duster, symbolically cleaning up after the Labour Party that her speech disparages and playfully foregrounding her gender and the assumptions of housewifery
associated with it.
One aspect of the school's history which has raised eyebrows is the building of a bungalow in the grounds which was used to teach housewifery
skills to girls.
Despite his facetious tone, the narrator's description of the "ghosts of departed cook-maids" contains hints of smoky, unpleasant working conditions and difficult culinary preparations, a troubled domesticity much different from the idealized housewifery
performed by Phoebe.