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FOCUS: Handcrafted Feminism

by Emma Rafter www.yumptatious.blogspot.com

Leading newspapers recently reported on the opinions of French feminist, Elisabeth Badinter, who argues in her recent book, ‘Le conflit: La femme et la mère’ (‘Conflict, Women and Mothers’) that the guilt associated with attempting to be perfect mothers, keeps women at home as slaves to their families, rather than out at work and in charge of their own lives. The time has come to respond to Mme Badinter’s view and balance the debate. Her general thesis can be seen as yet another slap in the face to all those women who either choose to stay at home to raise their children, or those that work from home in order to satisfy creative and financial needs, whilst negating the need for elusive, erratic and expensive childcare.

in handmade resulted from a disenchantment with our mass- produced, and often exploitative culture, coupled with an innate need to create and a desire for self-expression in the objects we surround ourselves with or wear. The confidence that our feminist upbringing has instilled in many is that sense of ‘just go for it’, and that’s made so much easier now that you can set up an online shop for next to nothing, marketing it to the world for just the cost of your time. For many people, including the boys, the huge amount of stress in modern life is forcing them to take stock of their lives and re-evaluate what is actually important to them. We are frazzled and disillusioned and yearn for something better. So why are we being berated for staying at home?

It can be argued that the resurgence

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We are now looking to provide for ourselves and our families in more nourishing ways, and a major part of that for many people is by recognising the importance of creativity, be it through art, crafts, cookery or photography. As a result, people are creating careers that not only feed the soul but their families too, seeking to celebrate life and make the most of it, rather than by increasing the profit margins for large corporations that treat their workers as drones. Of course, that way of life isn’t for everyone. For some, a challenging role independent of the home can be thoroughly enriching, where skills and intelligence are put to the test in a completely different way on a daily basis. But if the woman is also a mother, this of course relies upon the availability of accessible, affordable and good quality childcare, which in Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126
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