I just read a very interesting article on my favorite news source, NYTimes.com, called The Feminvore’s Dilemma. When I think about feminism, I think about women going to college to get more than an MRS degree, smashing the glass ceiling, burning bras and aprons, etc. But staying at home to tend to a chicken coop? Not so much.
Michael Pollan’s book The Ominvore’s Dilemma is about knowing where our food comes from and making food choices that support sustainable agriculture and optimum health. What can modern feminist women do who value “feeding their families clean, flavorful food; reducing their carbon footprints; producing sustainably instead of consuming rampantly”?
The Feminvore’s Dilemma is about highly educated women who find “self-sufficiency, autonomy, and personal fulfillment” with backyard farming rather than paid employment. These women not only know the name of the farm where their eggs come from, but the name of the chicken. They are “transforming the definition of homemaker to one that’s more about soil than dirt, fresh air than air freshener.”
While I’m sure that having your very own abundance of organic produce, honey from your backyard, and fresh-from-the- chicken eggs is wonderful, there are sacrifices these women make for this lifestyle in today’s economy. Here is what they found after interviewing over a dozen families living this way:
They earned an average of $40,000 for a family of four. They canned peaches, stuffed sausages, grew kale, made soap. Some eschewed health insurance, and most home-schooled their kids. That, I suspect, is a little further than most of us are willing to go: it sounds a bit like being Amish, except with a car (no more than one, naturally) and a green political agenda”
One day, I will have a garden that grows tomatoes, squash, made maybe some peppers, but I do not see myself sacrificing having a career to tend to a miniature farm. However, I think it is very cool that some women do want this lifestyle and are able to have it. And I want to be friends with them to buy their excess produce .
What are your thoughts on the article? Did anyone else find it as interesting as I did, or do you think that it is irrelevant to your lifestyle?
Next up, here are the answers to the 6 Lies and a Truth game.
1. I’m terrified of heights.
Ok, so I may look terrified in the photo, but I was having the time of my life jumping off that 180 foot cliff. Next on my to do list = sky diving!
2. I was a vegetarian for a year in high school. Nope, I have always been an omnivore.
3. I once broke my wrist and got a concussion in a skiing accident. Not true, but I did have a skiing accident once, and I had to get stitches in the back of my head!
4 . I love to run, but I have little desire to run a marathon.
TRUE. Lee was correct. Anyone surprised? I love endurance events like half marathons and triathlons, but I don’t think that the high mileage required to run a marathon would be good for my body. If I am going to do that much cardio, cross training is essential! I’m afraid of shin splints and knee problems with all that pounding from running. And I plan on being active well into old age. Running about 25 miles per week is my max.
5. The farthest I’ve even ridden my bike is 50 miles. I wish! Maybe one day. My farthest is currently 28 miles.
6. Ultimate frisbee was my favorite game in middle school PE. I hated PE in middle school, especially ultimate frisbee! The guys would never pass the frisbee to the girls. It was boring. Plus, I didn’t want to get sweaty before math class (we had no showers!).
7. My first car was a Mustang. My high school best friend’s first car was a Mustang, but I had a ’99 Honda CRV! It was sporty and fun to drive.
Tell me some fun facts about yourself!