Is Carrie Underwood a Subservient Housewife?

Jennifer Cullen
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Carrie UnderwoodAre the housewives of the 1950s making a comeback? They seem to be if you read these recent comments made by two modern, successful women.

Carrie Underwood talked about the joys of marriage:

It is nice being a hockey wife ... Of course now I'm like cleaning the house, buying the groceries ... I can spend hours in a grocery store and I'm the happiest person in the universe.

And Giada de Laurentiis, in the February issue of Redbook, about her role at home:

... when I'm home, I work very hard to be Todd's wife and Jade's mother. I have no problem going back to those traditional roles.

But of course, these are both high-powered career women who are just temporarily playing housewife. And when they need to go back to work, they have the means to have someone else do the cleaning, the laundry, and other everyday chores.

What about the rest of us?

I don't think anybody is "just a housewife" anymore. Gender roles have changed so much since the 1950s. Modern day housewives run their homes like small corporations and multitask like any top-notch CEO.

I have girlfriends who don't work (outside of the home) and take care of the house, make dinner most nights, arrange their kids' sports fundraisers, and even iron their husband's clothes. But these women also make time for themselves by exercising, taking an art class, or just going out for the occasional drink with a girlfriend. And their husbands are much more involved in their children's day to day lives than the old 1950s stereotype.

I think it's a much healthier way to live -- for the whole family. Because I think the type of wife who takes care of her husband’s every need, to the point of neglecting her own, is missing out.

And there's nothing wrong with being a housewife. Just don't call me that. It reminds me too much of June Cleaver; perpetually in a good mood, always helpful, and locking her sexuality up in the bedroom.

Do you dislike the term "housewife"?

 

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