This fascinating book recalls the way and manner by which things were done in the past and how women fully engage in domestic house chores and see it as a daily routine for themselves. The book contradicts the opinion in the twenty first century that women who see to all house chores e.g. bake bread and raise chickens are old fashioned. In summary this book can be said to be a critical exploration of the resurgence of women old domesticated lifestyle.
This new exploration or can we say “New Domesticity” discuss about being self-sufficient. It also talks about educated and middle class women who prefer doing domestic house chores and also see family-keeping as something interesting and to be happy with rather than living like modern women nowadays. They knit their clothes, grow their own vegetables and see to the children’s welfare and surprisingly they believe it to be empowering.
This type of change for women to live this old way of living is as a result of changes that usually occur in our economy and the unstable socio economic world of ours which is so unpredictable and will not be good for those that will like to have a fulfilled life or rewarding life. These changes are usually triggered by the social media bombarding the society with new ideas and various thoughts and opinions of how life should be. The author highlighted that life blogs, websites can help in the change propaganda and said that due to part of their influence homemakers now seek to leave their corporate workplaces to find their places in their own home. This book gives an idea about the inspiring appeal but also talks about the potential dangers of this “New Domesticity” thereby giving an insight and exploring how it could reshape the role of women in the society and what the consequences may be if there are any.
Emily Matchar took a balanced approach as she talks about considering the environment and the society ,but at the same time considering domestic house chores as a woman, therefore, understanding this new propaganda is paramount and to be careful not to put things in perspective. She also acknowledges the appeal of the ideas, but also challenges the ideas generated.