There was something on TV this week that got me thinking about sexism and how there is a thin line between sexism and being chivalrous for example. The topic in question was something on I’m a celebrity get me out of here, whereby a female was given the job of carrying logs and some members thought this unfair as she was a female and as such not as strong as the guys, where others argued women were just as happy to do those jobs and prove their strength. I personally felt it was a sexist thing to suggest, knowing that had I been in that position I too would have wanted to prove I could carry logs just as well as the next guy. HOWEVER, that’s not to say I wouldn’t be more than happy to accept if a guy offered to carry logs for me.
Growing up I think I’ve always been a fairly traditional thinker when it comes to getting married, having kids, being a stay-at-home-mum etc. but that’s not to say I believe it should be the same for everyone. I do think life is incredibly unequal and as per Jennifer Lawrence’s rant about actors being paid more than actresses, it may never really level off. Some women want the high power jobs and same rates of pay, some wish to run for parliament or to be head of the church etc. In this day and age I think it’s sad that we aren’t more equal, but at the same time is it really that backwards thinking to want to stay home, do the cooking and cleaning, sew/knit etc and have the guy earn the money and then come home to do the DIY.
A recent article I read on Craft-O-Maniac featured a survey done by Baytree Interiors that showed many people still want to learn home making skills and this is backed up by how many DIY, baking and home interior shows are on TV these days. Admittedly there is no gender specification as to who can watch these programs and it’s just as likely there are men out there who can knit, compared to women who do DIY. The survey showed that 31% of participants chose baking as their favourite hobby and 21% expressed the desire to learn sewing and altering clothes. As a stay-at-home mum myself, I love to cook (especially bake) and I recently started working on many sewing projects.
I don’t think that learning homemaking skills, or wanting a traditional lifestyle, makes you a sexist person. Just because we’re living in a modern society where things like jobs should be equal, it doesn’t mean we can’t have more old fashion values that still go hand-in-hand.