There are actual websites called things like Ladies Against Feminism and Raising Homemakers? And people read them! Lots of people apparently as Raising Homemakers has 20 thousand likes on Facebook.
I'm a Christian, and I am a SAHM. My DH is training to become a Minister.
I do want the best for my household - want washing done, nice food cooked, kids to do worthwhile activities etc. But, it isn't out of some sort of desire to please my DH, but for the good for all of us. We're a team, an equal team who play to our strengths.
I have read lots of those blogs, and am boggled at some of what I read. One of the worst said that it's a good thing to teach DD's to do house chores, but to not teach DS's to do chores as once they are adults they'll have wives to do that. I don't agree at all!
I do have my own blog (PM if you'd like the address), but really there is a bit about my Christian faith and a lot about my descent into PND and my superb musical tastes of Meatloaf, Metallica and Ani Di Franco
Is it common and popular in England then?
New post on the raising homemakers blog raisinghomemakers.com/2013/bring-it-on-home/
"Home is a natural greenhouse for feminine industry, a place for women to thrive in business and still embrace the calling of home life. Blisters are still made. Struggle and toil still happen and hearts are still broken. Income is still earned and bills still paid. But the rewards are unfathomably greater and the success sweeter.
The women here dont have time for meaningless gossip and water cooler chats, because they have a foundation of purpose and a far reaching vision. They are more than just wage slaves, they have the freedom to take risk."
No, I don't think this is at all common in England. I am au fait with evangelical and conservative circles and it is not the norm. My fear and concern is that it will spread here from the States, though.
Do you think it could spread?
I could imagine it getting popular in some super conservative groups where this is another step more strict for them but can't picture large numbers following it.
Stay at home daughter blogs are my new fascination!
I think in USA there's a lot more of an acceptance on home-education, sending kids to huge churches which are more like small villages and then sending them to Christian universities.
Here in the UK, the churches are smaller, women work and want to work, and there isn't the same conservative slant on staying home.
By that I mean: a sizeable amount of women here stay home with kids, but that's to save money and to bring up kids. It isn't as some sort of 'keep away from the world' self-preservation as it seems to be on those blogs.
I was wondering what life was like for a daughter in these families. Must be tough with all the rules and looking after young children no moaning on the blogs though.
Day in the life of a Stay At Home Daughter post http://raisinghomemakers.com/2011/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-stay-at-home-daughter/ all seems very quaint.
also a post about being single and i suppose old in the movement http://home-keepinghearts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/single-and-27.html
Is early marriage encouraged?
I think this is just a modern take on religious fundamentism isn't it?
Like I say, our neighbours do this (christian).
I also live in a part of London which has some closed religious communities (of various flavours) and I am sure that this is the score there.
In the UK it is going on but maybe not always from the same source (christian) and not so vocally.
at the stay-at-home-daughter.
"Washing the dishes and prepping the kitchen is usually my first stop, truly my favorite household ritual." I hope you are all reading this and learning from it. The first one who volunteers to do my dishes now (having made a pile of pecan and chocolate bread sticks) gets 10 brownie points.
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I just want to point out that this level of separation and hyper-glorification of the woman-at-home is still considered very extreme in the States. The problem, though, is that Christian fundamentalism exists on a spectrum, and at its other end, there are elements that espouse less radical, and therefore more palatable, anti-feminist doctrines that find their way into political discourse on a regular basis. Much of the current war on women in the US is fueled by more mainstream religious conservatism. And I fear that the appeal of the more extreme views may make further inroads through social media, the internet, and television (the Duggars.)
Interesting, Scone; are you in the States?
Not at all common in the UK at that level thankfully. Obviously there are plenty of Christian women over here who would identify with some of the stuff posted on those blogs but blogs like Ladies Against Feminism are the work of fundamentalists and extremely conservative, almost cult-like groups of churches. They teach a total distortion of gender roles; even a lot of conservative Christians wouldn't agree with much of it.
MamaMary Yes, I am American and in the States.
I wouldn't be so sure that it's not at all common in the UK.
In the US it is quite normal for people to talk about their religious beliefs, and to be very enthusiastic and open and loud and proud about whatever it is they are doing.
Over here religion is considered generally to be a much more personal thing and also people tend to be more reticent about what they are up to.
Like I say there are two local religious communities who follow this stuff but they keep themselves to themselves and so people don't have to think about what is going on with them IYSWIM.
So while it might present differently here it's still going on, and with a variety of faiths.
Maybe that is it - people in the UK just don't talk about it.
Only seen 2 UK blogs though out of all the ones I have seen linked up on the raising homemakers site.
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