1. Karen B. says:

    Yes! I am so glad to see someone else addressing this topic. Have you read Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes? I think you would really enjoy it. She talks a lot about the consumer and marketing aspects of homemaking and how that came about. She also talks about how homemakers shifted from being producers to being consumers.

    • Beth says:

      I haven’t but will add it to my list of books to find next time we are stateside! Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Kate says:

    I second Radical Homemakers, I found all the marketing info really interesting, how they created a need then offered to fill it! So helpful of them really!

    I’m new to your blog, have enjoyed what I’ve seen so far and feel quite envious of your simple, pared down lifestyle.

    cheers Kate

  3. Angela Berkfield says:

    1. Important! Yes!
    2. Us, all of us (women, men and kids)
    3. who cares – if it’s a hand me down it’s always the best price

    thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and willingness to put such things into words.

  4. J'Ana Smith says:

    Thank you for this post, I found it very interesting to hear someone put into words what I’ve always felt. I also am new to your blog, and plan on subscribing – mothering and homemaking should be simple, down-to-earth, but confident in doing what works for your own family. I have 5 kids, and also think it’s important to limit/have very candid conversations about pop culture and media and the messages they are trying to send to our children and “they” try to mould our kids into consuming adults! Thanks again!

  5. Nina says:

    This is really interesting. Here in the UK we don’t use the word “homemaker”, we still just use “housewife” (occasionally “stay-at-home mum”, or, of course, “househusband” or “stay-at-home dad”). The first time I read the word “homemaker” (possibly in Cheryl Mendelson’s book) I thought it was much better – at least it describes the person as doing something actively, rather than just being married to their house! I wouldn’t describe myself as either a housewife or a homemaker, but as a catch-all term for the business of keeping the place you live in order I think I might even prefer “homemaking” to “housekeeping”…

    • Beth says:

      Thanks, Nina. I am always curious to hear about differences in other cultures. Do these terms have a negative connotation there or is homemaking widely accepted and encouraged?

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