Tuesday, October 8, 2013
DENNIS: POSTSCRIPT TO HOUSEKEEPING 101
Let me respond briefly and in a general way to several of the comments on the previous post about our Housekeeping 101 course. Nancy and I are not running schools online or anywhere else outside our local area. Rather, what we're trying to say is "Here is what we did to enhance guys' house-keeping skills; why not try something similar where you are?" What we want to hear -- and what Nancy wanted to hear but felt she never did -- was that people were picking up on our ideas, changing them a bit to suit their situation and then were going off and doing something along similar lines. This is what makes evangelization so rewarding!
A woman in the D.C. area, for instance, is taking our approach and is doing a local version of Housekeeping for three of her women friends' husbands. She shares experiences, makes comments, and gives suggestions as to what she feels we can do better. We love it! We're Feminists, she's a Female Supremacist, but we all feel that everyone gets ahead when men do more or all of the housework. She's interested in some of the things we do -- domestic service, for example -- and we've invited her to visit us and experience it firsthand. She'll also visit the women's center and hold a talk about Female-centric religions that many of us are pursuing or are interested in.
We believe that the best way to initiate change is to think globally and act locally! "Learning to Keep House" was the result of a few women seeing men needing to improve their domestic skills and doing something about it. They put together a program that builds housekeeping skills, raises money for the center, and inspires others. It's all about inspiring people to take action that empowers women.
And finally, "Housekeeping 101" is a finishing school; everyone who has come to it has some level of domestic skills. Before any man can consider this course, he should ask the women in his life for instruction and learn as much as he can. I learned most of my skills growing up in an all-female family where everyone had to carry their share of the load. The women in Nancy's family took it to another level with their standards and things like personal service. Believe me, a mother-in-law can be as good a teacher as she is a taskmistress!