Femivorism: Transforming The Role Of Homemakers

Femivorism: Transforming The Role Of Homemakers

The New York Times Magazine has published an inspiring story addressing the trend of stay-at-home moms who provide wholesome, frugal and sustainable homes for their families.

Kyana Gordon
  • 24 march 2010

The New York Times Magazine has published an inspiring story addressing the trend of stay-at-home moms who provide wholesome, frugal and sustainable homes for their families, even going so far as to maintain their own chicken coops.

In a society equating success with large paychecks, these highly educated women are going against the grain, embodying a new vision of empowerment, homemaking, self-sufficiency, and sustainability. It’s a subtle revolution for women, shifting the focus of feminism without becoming the archetypal June Cleaver. In the traditional definition of “housewife,” a woman primarily defined herself through her relationship to her house and her husband. The “femnivore” aims to change all that.

New York Times writer Peggy Orenstein explains:

Femivorism is grounded in the very principles of self-sufficiency, autonomy and personal fulfillment that drove women into the work force in the first place. Given how conscious (not to say obsessive) everyone has become about the source of their food — who these days can’t wax poetic about compost? — it also confers instant legitimacy. Rather than embodying the limits of one movement, femivores expand those of another: feeding their families clean, flavorful food; reducing their carbon footprints; producing sustainably instead of consuming rampantly. What could be more vital, more gratifying, more morally defensible?

The New York Times Magazine: Femivore’s Dilemma


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