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Homebodies: A Post-Feminist Career Choice

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

As my husband always jokes whenever I make even the slightest comment that wreaks of “traditionalism”…. “And, feminists all over the world can be heard screaming”!!!! And, soon they may be staging a full-blown “revolution”. It seems that modern, femmes, even the most educated ones are once again getting in touch with their inner June Cleaver; and, not just because they are tending to nurturing, and growing family. In fact, according to recent statistics even those who don’t yet have children to those who have kids perfectly capable or taking care of themselves and those who don’t want them, are opting to making homemaking their full time career.

Okay, so now that you’ve put away the smelling salt, and regained your composure, picking your jaw and yourself off the floor, it’s true….and, it’s also reportedly VERY beneficial to many a HAPPY marriage.

Now in the post-feminist era, many women were finding that juggling two careers, the one they studied for in college/University and being a wife/mother/homemaker, was not countercultural but rather counterproductive and both were suffering.

With that said, some post-feminist pioneers are tuning into THEIR needs and desires, turning on to the idea of being full-time wives, mommies, and homemakers, and (willingly) dropping out of the work force. Still, experts say it hasn’t caught on within the mainstream quite yet, with only about 10 percent of once working women embracing the challenge of being a domestic diva.

And, contrary to popular belief, these stay at home moms and wives say they’ve got plenty to do, including charity work. Plus, since it gives at least one person in the marriage to take care of the household chores and necessities, well before the weekend, there are fewer honey-do lists, and more time to enjoy each other, the family, and the time off.

In addition some suggest it not only helped save time and stress but also money, since there was less of a need for daycare, eating out (as often), and other expenses brought about by backlogged chores that these women now had time to do. And, with the help of clipping coupons and some were also actually able to not only make ends meet but save.

Still, others note that this modern marital lifestyle “can” be stressful for couples, especially those without children, who have face considerable financial stresses and constraints. And, it’s worse for guys who just don’t know or appreciate all it takes to keep up with caring for a family or house.

Still, others suggest, having a stay-at-home spouse helps the household run more smoothly and alleviates a lot of the stress, so much so, that they wouldn’t mind giving it a whirl themselves.

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