1. chantelle says:

    i believe that your right starts with us. ^Im so glad that someone is taking action to a better life

  2. Kelly says:

    Rise up Homemakers of America! (I’m picturing – half-apron, baby in a sling around mama, marching and banging pots with a wooden spatula). Excellent points and I can’t wait for the next part.

    • Beth says:

      Thanks, Kelly! I am – starting today – trying to be better about responding to comments. I owe you many thanks for all your kind words and support from the start. THANK YOU, my friend! I miss you!

  3. Ines says:

    Hi, Beth,
    I love your blog and your writing. Your ideas are so inspiring. You also live in Mexico where I am from. Thank you.

  4. Lucia Figueiredo says:

    I really enjoyed what you have said so far, really looking foward to the rest of this series!
    I’m from Brazil (one the countries with the highest economic inequalities), I’ve lived in the US and in Germany (so I know what wealth and excess looks like)and I’ve also worked with forest communities in the Amazon as na human ecologist (where I’ve seen absolute poverty go hand in hand with mind blowing generosity).
    I’m currently a homemaker, full time mom and occasional sling maker/t-shirt printer. I used to struggle with not working to “change the world”, with being priviledged among so much poverty, with beig a housewife. But then I read Radical Homemakers and other blogs (like yours!) started thinking and feeling differently about homemaking, social change, feminism and my place in all of it. Abraços!

    • Beth says:

      Thanks, Lucia. I look forward to writing the next two! I have certainly “been there” when it comes to questioning whether I was doing enough by choosing to stay home with my kids. I feel more and more confident about this decision as I explore other cultures, interestingly enough. I’ve yet to read “Radical Homemakers” but it’s on my list. Abrazos a ti!

  5. Ariane says:

    Hi Beth – thank you for this! I’m so excited to follow your thoughts over the course of the next two weeks. I’ve just started following your blog and honestly, this is the first time I’ve felt compelled to comment on a blog. Any blog. Any time. So thank you for this – and the perspective SHIFT you’re helping create the world over.

    Peace!

    • Beth says:

      Wow, Ariane. That is a true complement! There are few things more satisfying than offering my truth and knowing that it resonates with others. I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts after two more weeks!

  6. Emily says:

    Thank you! This is SO refreshing and needed! Your paragraph that begins “If such is the case…” toward the end is probably the most succinct and pointed summary of what is going on today in America in this regard that I have read. It is so true–what is often mistaken for apathy is simply exhaustion. Thank you for taking the time to write this and share it. I greatly look forward to your upcoming posts and to figuring out how to find my place–and be proud of it–in this puzzle. Thank you.

    • Beth says:

      Thank you, Emily! I truly appreciate your kind words of encouragement and look forward to crafting the next two. Good luck in finding your place – it may be closer at hand than it seems!

  7. Sarah says:

    Um, I LOVE this! Not bummed at all! And cannot wait to see the 10 steps! I’m with you!

  8. Sarah C says:

    Hmmm…good stuff!! I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series.

    I’ve been struggling with homemaking, feeling the push/pull of the desire to be home with the kids, but feeling lost in figuring out what to do and my place in the world. My mom stayed home with us when we were little, but went back to work just as soon as she could. She took good care of us, and the house was always clean (as far as I could remember), but there was no joy in the homemaking…having a family was just another chore. She loved us as she knew how, but I want to do better…to bring joy to my work. Most days, though, I just feel overwhelmed by acedia. There is something more, though, something that my soul is striving for. I’m on a path and I can only see one tiny step in front of me (sometimes…sometimes I can only see behind me). Somehow I stumbled onto your blog (recently). What a blessing to find new thoughts to think, new ideas to ponder.

    Thank you.

    • Beth says:

      Thank you, Sarah, for your kindness but mostly your honesty. I, too have to work hard to keep the homemaking (and motherhood) from feeling like drudgery even though I can see it for the sacred thing it is. Connecting with like-minded mamas (even in this weird modern way) certainly helps me keep perspective. One day, one moment at a time is all I can or care to handle! Best to you and yours.

  9. Keren says:

    just started reading your blog, have found it to be so brilliant and inspiring. Thank you

  10. d says:

    Beth, I am really looking forward to the rest of this series. I realize that much of the subject deals with the oppression of women in particular, but I hope you will keep in mind that not all homemakers are women, just as not all feminists are women. I work a full-time job while my husband stays home with our daughter. We have both noticed how foreign the stay-at-home-dad concept is to most people, even those who seem otherwise progressive. I am a big fan of the strong, modern mama and aspire to be one. However, the strong, modern dad (and male homemaker) should not be overlooked!

    • Beth says:

      I totally agree. Sometimes I find it hard to speak to so many issues at once while also being sensitive to every person or group I could be speaking to. For this reason, I mostly just write from my own experience. I know many AMAZING homemaking dads, have absolute admiration and respect for whatever variations work from one family to the next and appreciate your addressing this point, because as you said, stay-home-dads are no less important, deserve more credit and ought not be overlooked. Thank you.

  11. Molly says:

    Hi Beth!

    Thank you for putting much of what I feel so eloquently into words. I’m only bummed because I want to read the rest of it now, not over the next 2 weeks. My husband and I also strive to be citizens of the larger world first.

    Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Beth says:

      Thank YOU, Molly – I so appreciate “meeting” fellow world citizens! I, too, look forward to continuing the dialogue.

  12. Selma says:

    PLEASE…. keep writing this. I’ve been chewing on this for awhile, but am not living the countercultural end of it all yet and I too am beginning to feel my values slipping slowly. I’m so tired of fighting, that I think I am allowing them to slip. Wisdom…. share it!

  13. Ilsy says:

    A comment and a criticism (keeping in mind that I enjoyed the post):

    First the comment. Your list of 10 common homemaker traits is the same list for many non-home-makers. Think of all the people who feel stressed, guilty, busy, etc. The ‘rushing around being busy to feel acoomplished’ you talk about is almost universal.

    Now the criticism. I wonder why you take an us vs. them stance to the whole issue of why your psychology is how it is. Like I said, your feelings are practically universal. While it’s possible that women may be the target of propaganda style media, that can’t be the only source of stress. That would also conflict with the fact that LOTS of non-home-makers feel the same way.

    I guess I just don’t like the heavy ‘victimized’ angle. If you don’t like the images portrayed in the media and think they’re fake, then believe in your gut that they’re fake. Create your own idea of what is normal and healthy(we all agree that what’s shown on TV shouldn’t be normal and probably isn’t healthy).

    There is an interesting discussion to be had around the media’s affect on our lives. I think that younger people are more vulnerable to the media images, but adults can be susceptible to them as well. You just have to remember that you’re living your life and you can decide what is right for you. The media portrayal of being a mother is just one way you can do it. There are countless other(better?) ways.

    Sincerely, a fan.

    P.S. Please don’t be insulted by my criticism.. I was just hoping to provide a new angle for viewing our problems. I love your blog.

    • Beth says:

      I do hope you will keep reading. I think you will find my perspective to be far from that of a victim as I further explain my thoughts. Thanks for your honest reflections!

  14. Maria says:

    Can’t wait to read more! This is been on my mind and heart for so long

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