maandag 24 november 2014

Housewives Are Good For The Environment

Traditional housewives are the champions in recycling and thus good for the environment. That all comes with living frugally on one income:)

Take, for instance, this dress:

It is a famous European brand which normally sells for in-between 150 and 250 euros. However, I bought it for 7 euro in a goodwill type store (we have a huge one in our city which sells all sorts of stuff, including clothes, books, computers etc).

Please pay attention to the lamp: it was made by my father-in-law (handwork!), and recently we changed the lampshade to suit our new decor. We found it at the same store for 1.75.

We got this small cabinet for free (someone put it outside to get rid of it). My husband recently gave it a new look by painting it white and green. He also designed and made the side table standing next to it:

Isn't it cute? I bought the drawers very cheaply in Xenos, a Dutch store. In general, I like our new look, and it didn't cost us a fortune.

zondag 23 november 2014

Life Without Women Would Be Boring

Some frivolous music for Monday morning, just to cheer you up (yes, it's past midnight over here);

A very approximate translation from German is mine:

Friends, I have decided to quit the night life. Let's drink to the earnestness of life and I probably will have to find a job.

I have decided to give up girls,
Not one of them will ever tempt me.
If the thousand hearts break, I don't care...

My decision is taken, it's over with love 
and yet,
Life without women is boring just like
The rose won't blossom without sun...

(What he sings here is somewhat different from the classic version)
I was nearly married a couple of times
But my luck was with me.
Many women dreamed of me as their husband,
However, it was just a waste of time
As I'd rather stay free...
(sings something along the lines that marriage is prison for men)
I was never true to any woman.

(A mental note, Boni is exactly the type of man to avoid, even though as far as I remember he gets married in the end!:)

zaterdag 22 november 2014

More On Sigurd

I realise not everybody shares my interest in Nordic myths, but please bear with me...:)

Just to explain what Regin Smiður is all about. Grane was Sigurd's horse which was the descendant of Sleipnir, the horse of Odin (you can read more about it over here) . Regin the Smith was one of the three sons of the dwarf king Hreidmar, the brother of Otter and Fafnir. When Otter was killed by Loki, Hreidmar asked for weregild (compensation for the unlawful killing) and so Loki had to give him the treasures which he had stolen from the dwarf named Andvari.

However, the greedy king was still unsatisfied and Loki had to give him Andvari's magic ring which had been cursed by its rightful owner. As the result of the curse, Fafnir killed his father, took the treasure and ran away, without sharing with Regin, who swore revenge. Fafnir's love for gold caused him to turn into a horrible dragon and he spent day and night watching over his treasure.

Regin chose to live among mortals whom he taught all kinds of metalwork and he waited till finally he chose Sigurd as the instrument of his revenge. Sigurd promised to help but asked for a sword which wouldn't be broken in any battle. Regin made two swords, but Sugurd broke both of them easily. Regin then remembered about the broken sword of Sigmund (Sigurd's father) which he had received from Odin, and forged a new sword out of the remnants of it.

Sigurd killed the dragon and started roasting his heart for Regin, as the latter had asked him, but as he was testing whether it was ready he suddenly started understanding the birds' language and discovered that Regin was planning to betray him, thus he killed the dwarf and took the gold and the ring (which didn't bring him any good, but that's another story).

BTW, you can see where Tolkien got his inspiration:)

donderdag 20 november 2014

From The Home Front

So it's November again, and the predominant colour is grey. November is traditionally the time for cocooning and sitting in front of the fireplace with a good book and a mug of warm chocolate (or a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, whatever suits you most). Unfortunately, no such luck over here, as life is incredibly busy right now with all sorts of things; so instead of hibernating I have to be out and about and do all sorts of stuff.

The weather finally changed, the wind is bitterly cold and it looks like it's going to freeze soon. The cat spends the nights outside and the days sleeping in the attic and gets fatter and more fluffy by the day.

My husband bought me a Jamie Oliver cooking book which has some interesting recipes (I tried a couple of them so far), besides promoting his cooking, he is also busy promoting immigration though and in one place talks about how wonderful it is that the ethnic minorities are becoming majorities. I was a little surprised to find politics (or rather propaganda) in a cooking book, but then, what do I know? I'm just a simple housewife, after all and anyway, the recipes were good.

And now I have to quit as my ironing for the week is still not done, and tomorrow I'll be away the whole day with some friends.

So till the next time, and a good day to you all from your adventurous housewife:)

dinsdag 18 november 2014

How Men Fought And Died For Palimony

O.K, not really for palimony, but for pensions for mistresses and women's rights.

I have been planning to write about the subject for quite some time, but the sheer gruesomeness of this story prevented me. It all started when someone gave me the Short Version of World History by one J.W. Pik, the edition of 1934. As you can imagine, it was far from being politically correct and had some hilarious statements about different nations which would cause the author to be crucified nowadays. It was there that I read about Paris Commune and its demise.

Now, of course, I heard about Paris Commune before, but it was long ago and I never gave much thought to it. It was just a historical fact. This time I became interested and checked Wikipedia, which as usual, supplied me with many details of the story absent in the book. Naturally, I was especially interested in the feminist angle of the famous uprising.

So first the short summary of the facts: Paris Commune events happened during and after the Franco-Prussian war, after the Second Empire collapsed and the National Assembly proclaimed the new French Republic. At that time, the population of France was sharply divided between conservative Catholics who chiefly lived in the countryside and various radicals and socialists living in big cities such as Paris. A lot of them supported First International (a communist organisation) and wanted to make France socialist.

As the war progressed and Germans surrounded Paris, the discontent among the radicals grew and there were several small uprisings. When the armistice was signed, the country held general elections where Catholic candidates won, except in Paris, where socialist took the majority of seats. The rift between the conservatives in the Assembly and the radicals was quickly growing and turned violent as the Paris National Guard refused to return some old-fashioned cannons to the regular army, despite the demands of the lawfully elected national Parliament.

On the 19th of March, 1871, National Guard took power and proclaimed new elections for a city council, which were supported only by 48% of registered voters. For the Central Committee of the National Guard it was enough though and thus Paris Commune came into being.

It started with introducing the old Republican Calendar and the communist red flag and establishing progressive democracy, which included: robbing the Church of  its property under the guise of separating Church and State, pensions to mistresses of National Guardsmen killed in action and struggle against Western patriarchy (represented by Western capitalism).

To get rid of patriarchy, the following was proposed:

gender equality
wages equality
right of divorce
professional (secular) education for girls
erasing of the distinction in status between wives and mistresses, and consequently, their children

While the feminist movement consisted chiefly of women, some of whom even joined men on the barricades, it's obvious that they wouldn't go anywhere far, were it not for men, and all the Commune leaders were male.

The French government being not yet handicapped by political correctness sent the troops to suppress the uprising. It's interesting that while the Commune leaders stated that they were against death penalty, when the situation deteriorated they quickly took the law allowing execution of hostages (among whom were many priests). In fact, the law stated that if one person who was on the side of the Commune gets executed by the lawful government, the Commune will execute "a triple number of hostages" in retaliation. The National Assembly reacted by establishing military tribunals.

Among the notable achievements of the Commune was the destruction of the Vendome Column erected to celebrate Napoleonic Victories. The Column was accused of being a symbol of "brute force" and barbarism (and was probably oppressive to women, too, taking into account its shape). The idea came from the painter Mr Courbet.

The Commune was also against military conscription but forced every able-bodied man to become a member of the National Guard, thus creating an army of 200,000. The officers were elected though, and not always according to their capability. As the result, the army lacked discipline and necessary skills. They were hardly a match for the regular army. When it entered the city, the situation quickly became desperate for its defenders who lacked all the organisational skills and distrusted their commanders.

After the uprising was suppressed, the reprisals started. The Wiki article mentions that several women who manned the barricades were executed alongside with men, however, as usual, men bore the brunt of it. Till this day, it's not known how many exactly were killed after short show trials (which mostly included examining their hands for the traces of the gun powder), however the number of casualties during the "Bloody Week" most commonly named is ten thousand.

The leaders of Commune were tried separately, including the feminist leader Louise Michel. Evil French Males refused to give her a death sentence though and sent her to New Caledonia instead where she had to work as a schoolteacher. 9 years later she returned to France and resumed her career in fighting patriarchy by inciting the people to pillage the bakery. She was imprisoned again, then pardoned, then arrested again etc etc, until her death in 1905.

The Commune of Paris served as an inspiration to such world leaders as Stalin and Mao Zedong. It's interesting that already in those times, men (or some men at least) were much inclined to admire the ferociousness of women who supposedly fought alongside men like tigresses and set fire to many buildings. Though nowadays the historians believe it to be a myth (why men tend to get obsessed with female warriors is beyond my comprehension), at that time the myth cost some unlucky women dearly as they were accused of arson and murdered.

What conclusion can we draw from the story above? I'll leave it to you, dear reader. For me, it shows how feminism would never take root so to say, without men who aided and abetted it and were ready to fight and die for among other things, women's rights.

maandag 17 november 2014

Sigurd Slays The Dragon

This is the Danish variant of Regin Smiður, a folk song made popular by Tyr:

Grane bar guld af hede, 
Grane bar guld af hede, 
Sigurd svinger sværdet i vrede.
 Sigurd over ormen vandt, 
Grane bar guldet af heden.

Grane carried the gold from the heath, Sigurd swings the sword in anger...
The legend says he came from the Low Lands!

You can read the whole text of the song and the translation (in comments) if you watch the video on YouTube.

vrijdag 14 november 2014

Taking Care Of Your Husband Is Not Demeaning

Feminists have been awfully good at selling women a pile of horse manure and pretending it's gold. The attacks on the traditional family started long ago, but they finally succeeded in the 1960s, when feminists of the time managed to persuade an average housewife that her role within the family was demeaning "because she was just her husband's maid (or worse)".

Domestic chores were declared sexist, and as women left for the office (though more often for the fast food chains, cleaning agencies and other low-paid jobs) they demanded that their husbands help with housework. Some of them did, while other families just lowered their overall standards and started living in conditions which used to be described as squalor by the previous, unenlightened generations while eating junk food and getting obesity and other health problems.

Though the situation is changing and we are witnessing a return to domesticity and more women are dropping out of the workforce, the old feminist stereotype of a homemaker as a type of a domestic slave persists. There are, unfortunately, some women out there who fit this stereotype, but they seem to be in minority compared to those who are afraid to do the smallest thing for their husbands and keep fighting about such non-issues as whether the toilet seat should be up or down (when I first heard about it being a controversy, I thought it must be a joke since I couldn't imagine there were people so retarded as to make a problem out of it).

Here I'd like right away to say that I actually agree with the idea of dividing domestic chores when the wife has to work, especially if she works full time. Since she shares the traditional male responsibility to provide, her husband should share hers. On the other hand, if the wife is home full time or works very short hours, it's only fair that she will do most of the housework. However, I strongly object to the idea of traditional feminine responsibilities being in any way demeaning. The traditional feminine role is to be the caregiver of the family, which includes, among other things, taking care of your husband.

If a lady chooses to be a  housewife, she should take pride in being overall good in her role. Being a devoted wife used to be a source of pride for many ladies, until feminists came along and started mocking women for it. A normal husband will appreciate his wife's efforts and answer them in kind. By being rude and inattentive to her husband, especially in public, the woman doesn't prove that she is emancipated, but she certainly shows that she is ill-bred.