Monday, November 15, 2010
This is the book that I am currently reading. I checked it out from the library (our library carries lots of older, wonderful, classic books!!). I'm reading homesteading books right now--you can never know enough, right?! Anywho... I love all the information since it's geared toward women and it's not filled with macho-ese (male speak). ;-) However, since it was written in the 1970s it's a bit dated. But the biggest drawback is that it has a lot of feministic viewpoints. Well, I guess that's a no-brainer! Written in the 70s by radical homesteading women = feminism.
The diary that is interspersed throughout the book is written by a young woman who begins homesteading with her husband and then, through much introspection, walks the path of "discovering" herself. She ends up splitting up with her husband which I find very sad. (To be fair, I haven't gotten to the end of the book yet so I don't know the end of the whole story yet.)
She claims that she abdicates herself--gives way to the preferences of others too often--particularly her husband. In feminism it's all about "how can I best fulfill my potential?" And while I believe that women should indeed fulfill their potential, the thing that I love most about Christianity is that I don't have to wander around in the dark wondering who I really am and what I'm supposed to be doing with my life. I don't have to feel ashamed of being a wife, mother and keeper of the home, for these jobs are sacred callings. I don't have to feel anger when I give of myself to my husband and children by taking care of their needs and neglecting some of my own. The Lord has given women a deep desire to nurture (people, animals, our homes, etc...) and something dies inside of us when we ignore that desire. I think that nurturing is a woman's defining characteristic and it's a shame to feel badly about ourselves for displaying that trait.
I believe that a woman can be strong, have a full and productive life, AND fulfill their nurturing desires without getting lost in trying to "find ourselves". It can be difficult to balance each of these things. I know I tend toward feminism way more than I would like due to the influences of the world we live in and just plain sinfulness. But I know that I feel best when a balance is achieved. And when I count as blessings those things that would seem to be abdication, then I feel joy for being a little bit of Jesus in someone's life.
So that's a few random thoughts on the subject of feminism. And regarding the book--I'm enjoying the homesteading, pioneering spirit and thanking the Lord for His gift of salvation and direction in my life!!