[quote="ndlclckr, post:7, topic:215676"]
The black irony of the feminist movement is that what started out as a valid cry of "Women should have choices!" ended up as the tyrannical "THE only proper choice is outside the home!" In reality, a woman is severely limited if she has to depend on ( = be a slave to) the infrastructure and industry for the products she uses, whether clothing, home decor, food, gifts or toys for kids. If she can cook/bake, sew, knit, crochet, tat, embroider, craft her own cards, etc., she has a HUGE range of options, not to mention the HUGE savings, and the HUGE satisfaction (& in the case of food, HUGE health benefits, especially now with all the GMO garbage). Besides which, when you stay home, YOU are your own manager (of time, resources, etc.). One of the biggest lies in "women's herstory" (:rotfl: :rolleyes:) is that feminism somehow "liberated" women. On the contrary: the Liberettistas fail to tell you that one of the keenest sponsors of the whole early feminist movement was the National Association of Manufacturers. Why? Because they needed drones!
But to your question: besides books and articles, there're also lots of DVD's (or videos) on any conceivable number of topics (I just bought a booklet-cum-CD on tatting). For 3-D types of skills like the domestic ones, I find a book alone often doesn't cut it (or else it takes a lot longer to figure out, and I prefer cutting to the chase). If you have even average intelligence, nimble fingers and time, you can learn just about anything your greatgrandma knew. :thumbsup:
Blaming the feminist movement is getting old. I believe there are other factors to consider like the evolution of our culture. If a man can make 6 figures outside of a large metro city...then yes...women can choose to be a domestic engineer.
Both of my young adult children, boy and girl, "know how" to cook, clean, use a washing machine, a vacuum cleaner, balance their checkbook (although they both do that on-line now), pay rent, insurance, make dr. appts....change a tire on their vehicle, use a skill saw, hammer, nails, cordless drill, hang a shade, hang curtains, change the oil in their car, know that when the radiator is steaming to wait a bit, use a rag and remove the cap on their vehicle...they know where the windshield fluid, the oil, transmission fluid goes in their cars. They bought their own cars by working.
My son HFA autistic and living in student apartments while he attends college. He cooks his own meals....Two of his "normal" room mates bought meal tickets at the university, so they basically eat toast and cereal at the apartment. The other "normal" room mate can't cook to save his life. He asked to use one of my son's pots to make spaghetti and burned that. My son is still scratching his head...how do you burn spaghetti? This young man has turned the wrong burner on and wonders why the water won't boil. He admitted to my son he never learned to work a stove. He said he mother took care of all of that. My son, is teaching him how to cook....and my son is the one with the disability.
Cooking and cleaning is not something that "women" do...it is not gender specific. My size 2, 108 lb. daughter can change a tire, and check the oil in her car and make baked chicken that is sooo good. When she was in high school, she asked if she could paint her room. She has participated in the reno of our house and can wield a paint brush and knows "what type" of paint goes on the wall and what type goes on the trim. She painted her room, by herself.
All of which have absolutely nothing to do with feminist movement....more to do with how the parents of the children have done while they were growing up.
To the OP don't fret that you are domestically challenged. Watch Food Network and HGTV, you will get the hang of it.