Monday, May 6, 2013
A Vintage-Inspired Life
The reason for this is that while nowadays housewives are generally denigrated (though it may start changing in the near future), in the past a homemaker was a respectable occupation and married women who chose to be one were spared the indignity of answering questions like so what are you doing the whole day? and when are you finally going to search for a job?
Consequently, the ladies'magazines instead of publishing tips about pleasing your 123d boyfriend in bed and twenty s8xy blouses to wear to work, or choosing a good daycare for your 2-month-old, had articles about menu planning, taking care of one's husband, instilling proper values in children and cultivating ladylike hobbies, such as gardening, knitting or embroidery. Advertisers were catering to housewives, too, and often showed a neatly dressed lady performing one or other housekeeping task.
Homemaking is actually not only about cleaning and cooking, but about creating a home. And, according to an old saying, "home is where Mother is." (Another good one is, ''man makes a living, woman makes the life worth living). The housewife is the center of a little domestic universe, when she leaves home for an outside employment, home disintegrates. In the times past they seemed to understand it better than now, and that's why we seek inspiration in old books and vintage magazines.
Add to this that the life was less chaotic, and people were generally content with less (an idea of a good vacation for children was a couple of weeks spent in the house of your aunt by the seaside), and you will understand the appeal of the vintage lifestyle for so many. Before someone points out that the past had its own problems, I'm fully aware of it (and our society is hardly ideal, either), but it doesn't mean that we should throw the baby out with the bathwater. While I'm glad about our modern dental care and other things, I think our society would only improve if we returned to the old idea of the woman as an angel in the house.