Back in January there was an Australian news article reporting on the fact that women are losing their domestic skills. I had bookmarked the article, thinking that I wanted to mull it over some more but I never did anything with it. I recently pulled it out and reread it again and I couldn’t help but thinking that if this is true then maybe it is the reason why women enjoy doing “domestic” crafts like crochet.
The article looked at research that found that Generation Y women simply can’t perform the same domestic tasks that their mothers and grandmothers did. Some stats from the research included:
- Barely one in two women can cook a roast even though more than 8 in 10 women from the Baby Boomer generation could do it
- Fewer than one in four women can now grow a plant from a cutting whereas more than three out of four older women know exactly how to do this
- There has been more than a 30% decline in the number of women who know how to drive a manual vehicle
This last statistic reveals the probably obvious fact that these changes are due to the fact that society itself has changed. Gender roles have changed, sure. But so has life in general, with much less need to cook a roast or grow a plant when you can simply buy these things instead.
I think that this change in society creates a longing in many of us to do things that are traditionally considered domestic. That’s why some people start gardens. And I think it’s why some of us crochet. Do you agree?