Reviews of Homeward Bound

“3.5 out of 4 stars” - People Magazine                                                               “The brilliance of Emily Matchar’s new book is that it exhaustively describes what disillusioned workers are opting into: a slower, more sustainable, and more self-sufficient lifestyle that’s focused on the home. Matchar synthesizes dozens of trend stories … into a single, compelling narrative about the resurgence of domesticity….Refreshing.” -The New Republic                                                       "[P]rovocatively explores what the movement says about the role of women in society today.” – The New Yorker                                                                       "I unreservedly loved it…It’s empathetic and funny and thoughtful and smart, and I encourage all of you to read it."– The Hairpin                                                         “Cogently argues that choosing a more hands-on, DIY lifestyle – family farming, canning, crafting, can, without sacrificing feminism’s hard-won gains, improve on an earlier time when ‘people lived more lightly on the earth and relied less on corporations, and family and community came first.’” - ELLE                                                               “[I]ntelligent and insightful...essential reading.” - Christianity Today                                                       “A lively and perceptive reporter… a valuable and astute assessment.”—Publishers Weekly                                                         “A well-researched look at the resurgence of home life…. Offers intriguing insight into the renaissance of old-fashioned home traditions.”— Kirkus Reviews

What is New Domesticity?

This blog is a look at the social movement I call ‘New Domesticity’ – the fascination with reviving “lost” domestic arts like canning, bread-baking, knitting, chicken-raising, etc. Why are women of my generation, the daughters of post-Betty Friedan feminists, embracing the domestic tasks that our mothers and grandmothers so eagerly shrugged off? Why has the image of the blissfully domestic supermom overtaken the Sex & the City-style single urban careerist as the media’s feminine ideal? Where does this movement come from? What does it mean for women? For families? For society?                                                                                     My book, Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity, which explores New Domesticity in greater depth, will be published by Simon & Schuster in May 2013.

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Guy bloggers

Hello! I'm the handsome devil who shows up when you do a Google image search for "male blogger."

Men are definitely underrepresented in both New Domesticity itself, and in the crafting/cooking/childcare/lifestyle blogosphere. But I’ve lately been poking around the internet for interesting male New Domesticity-type bloggers, and I thought I’d share what I’ve found. If you have any guys to add to the list, let me know!

You’ll notice that most of the blogs on the list explicitly focus on the male/masculine aspect of the subject matter: “the manly housekeeper,” “macheesmo,” etc., probably because there are so few men in the genre.

The Manly Housekeeper: a stay-at-home househusband with a working lawyer wife cooks, bakes, cleans, and muses about whether or not flower arranging can be “manly.” Excerpt: It’s thanks to my wife’s career that I’ve honed my housekeeping skills. She works hard all day, and in return she expects dinner when she gets home, the laundry done, and her dry cleaning picked up. And I think that’s a fair trade. We’re like a flip-flopped couple from the ’50s.

That Man Quilts: Musings on quilting, parenting, gardening, cooking and more, from one of the world’s rare (though not as rare as you’d think) male quilter.

Cry-it-out: The life and times of a crafty (think kiddie t-shirt dresses made out of sports jerseys, newspaper forts, melted crayon crafts, etc.) stay-at-home dad.

Rugged Flair: “A male approach to crafting.”

The Life and Times of a Househusband: Jamie reviews slow cookers, complains about his kids’ school’s absence policy, writes gratitude lists. Pretty much the same as 1,000,000 mom blogs, but written by a dad.

Macheesmo: Colorado-based home cooking blog by the author of a cookbook about using leftovers.

Mint Cuisine: another guy home cooking blogger, this one in England. Check out the post on being a male food blogger.

Doodaddy: Stay-at-home dad in San Francisco writes about kids pooping in the bathtub and other joys of parenthood.

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