Women in popular culture who embrace the domestic arts, such as knitting, crocheting, and quilting, are publicly scorned (in the US Martha Stewart, and in the UK Kirstie Allsopp). When Stewart and Allsopp suggest that there is joy in making things by hand, the DIY audience responds positively, but many women are threatened by this unique display of femininity, rejecting all domestic activity (albeit sometimes from necessity) to develop a paid-work career. This dichotomous paid work/domestic work division between women is problematic, and reveals some important but understudied differences between women.
This is a call for abstracts for the 8th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Gender, Work and Organization conference, 24th – 26th June, 2014, in Keele University, UK for the When the Domestic is Also Feminist: Third-Wave Feminism & Subversive Acts Through Unpaid Work in the Home panel.
University of Northern Iowa
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