“Generation Y losing ‘female’ skills” It must be a slow news day.
Horror of horrors Generation Y women are losing the skills their mothers and grandmothers apparently took for granted. In case you didn’t know, all women of the baby boomer and older generations were goddesses of cooking, sewing, ironing and all other housework related things. Todays modern woman is apparently too busy to learn to sew on a button and [OMG are you ready for this?!!!1111!!!] takes things to the drycleaners to be fixed. The hussies is all I can say. Although I have to admit some mea culpa in this [although I’m a Gen Xer and apparently the MSM have stopped angsting about us now for a bit]as I cannot use a mangle although my Grandmother (Nanny) certainly could, and I’m sure my Mum could if she had to, although she’d want a pretty good reason why given that they are such bloody dangerous things. Plus I have a flush toilet and have never had to empty the dunny down a pit although Nanny and Mum did that too. Nor can I do fine embroidery, which my paternal Grandmother was a dab hand at and my Mum and I still have some of her crocheted doilies. Nanny knitted cardigans for her children with rabbits peeking out of the pockets, she spun her own wool and taught my Mum to spin. I can knit but my children won’t wear my creations except for the purple scarf I made. So many many skills now lost. But we must not blame technology, the ease of purchasing relatively inexpensive clothing made overseas instead of making our own, readily available milk and bread so that we aren’t milking our own cows or baking our own bread [Mum and Nanny both milked cows when I was a kid, but I think Nanny gave up on the bread making pretty soon after it was readily available in shops and when the milking cow died she wasn’t replaced]. No, it is the lack of focus in today’s young women to blame. No longer are they content to be goddesses of the domestic arts and soothe their husband’s tired brow when he returns from a hard days slog and demands his slippers and pipe! No these brazen women demand their own wages, shop for things instead of making, mending and making do! They even claim, some 70% of them, to wash the car. They are taking over a man’s traditional responsibilities like mowing the lawn and taking out the bins! They are turning todays young men into men who cheerfully admit they can change a nappy more easily than they can change a tyre! The world as we know it is coming to an end! It is the end of days I tell you! I’m going to use some more exclamation marks because it is turning into that sort of post!!!
If you need something to soothe your tired brow after reading this, then I recommend heading over to Bluemilk and read what this Gen Y mother has to say.