Cult of Domesticity is a blog about revolutionizing and redefining the roles of women as domestic beings. We aim to encourage and inspire women (or men!) who work from home, are home makers or just enjoy cooking and DIY projects to embrace their inner Gloria Steinem and Martha Stewart at the same time. There are so many wonderful things about being a homebody: gardening, cooking, baking and reading are just a few of our favorites. There are also so many fantastic things about being a woman in 2015: independence, community, sexual liberation and pursuit of passion are at the top of that list. This blog is about all of those things and, most importantly, how to fight for and preserve feminine freedom every day.
Wikipedia defines Cult of Domesticity as:
“a prevailing value system among the upper and middle classes during the nineteenth century in the United States and Great Britain. This value system emphasized new ideas of femininity, the woman’s role within the home and the dynamics of work and family. “True women” were supposed to possess four cardinal virtues: piety, purity, domesticity, and submissiveness. The cult of domesticity revolved around the women being the center of the family; they were considered “The light of the home”.
In short, women were supposed to stay home, focus solely on their marriage and children, physically be”soft and weak” and all sorts of other eye rolling, puke inducing descriptions of life as a “true woman.” Today, we want to see women do more. We want “true women” to speak up and be heard, to have the right of control over their own bodies, to maintain equality in marriage and partnership, and to choose to have a family on their terms. We want to highlight the myriad of roles women can choose that don’t involve heteronormativity, marriage or children, but might still involve being excellent in the kitchen, garden or bedroom.
History’s Cult of Domesticity was a framework to control and subjugate women. We still feel the resounding effects of that era built into our very traditions. Well ladies, there’s a new value system in town and –spoiler alert– it doesn’t have anything to do with submissiveness.