Amid todayâ€™s rising anxietiesâ€”the economy, the scary state of the environment, the growing sense that the American Dream hasnâ€™t turned out to be so dreamy after allâ€”a groundswell of women (and more than a few men) are choosing to embrace an unusual rebellion: domesticity. A generation of smart, highly educated young people are spending their time knitting, canning jam, baking cupcakes, gardening, and more (and blogging about it, of course), embracing the labor-intensive domestic tasks their mothers and grandmothers eagerly shrugged off. Some are even turning away from traditional careers and corporate culture for slower, more home-centric lifestyles that involve â€śurban homesteading,â€ť homeschooling their kids, or starting Etsy businesses. Theyâ€™re questioning whether regular jobs are truly fulfilling and whether itâ€™s okay to turn away from the ambitions of their parentsâ€™ generation. How did this happen? And what does it all mean? What happens to American culture as a whole when our best and brightest put home and hearth above other concerns? Does this sudden fascination with traditional homemaking bode ill for gender equality? What role have the media and blog culture played in making domesticity look so darn appealing? In Homeward Bound, acclaimed journalist Emily Matchar takes a long, hard look at both the inspiring appeal and the potential dangers of this trend she calls the New Domesticity, exploring how it could be reshaping the role of women in society and what the consequences may be for all of us. In riveting interviews with all kinds of people from coast to coast, Matchar examines the motivations of those who have embraced this movement, from Southern food bloggers to chicken-keeping â€śradical homemakersâ€ť on the East Coast to Etsy entrepreneurs in Provo, Utah, to attachment parenting devotees in Chicago, and many more. This groundbreaking reporting on the New Domesticity is guaranteed to transform our notions of women in todayâ€™s society and add a new layer to the ongoing discussion of whether women canâ€”or shouldâ€”have it all.
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