I don't know how to sew on a button. I don't know how to grow a plant from a cutting, I don't know how to fold a fitted sheet, and I don't know how to cook a roast. Well, maybe I should rephrase that. I don't know how to do those things by heart, but I know how to learn them. YouTube, of course.
New research shows that Gen Y women are losing their female skills. That sounds like we're losing our ability to bear children, and it's offensive. But what I think they mean is that we don't have the same set of household skills that our mothers and grandmothers had. There, isn't that a better way of explaining it?
And while I totally agree, I don't think it's necessarily a 'loss.'
My grandmother, Virginia, was an amazing woman. She was a dressmaker, a chef, and a florist. She smocked our blouses, cooked our holiday dinners, and I'll be darned if she wasn't the flower arranger on the East Coast. I would love to have all her skills, but I don't have the time like she did. I suppose I could make the time to learn those skills, I just choose to make the time to learn others.
Like HTML, accounting, and drinking games. Joke. But seriously, with financial independence and a ball in the air in almost every one of life's categories, I choose to take my zipper repairs to the dry cleaner. I choose to have my laundry folded for me, and I choose to make a cake from a box.
And if I find myself with some time, I'll watch a how-to video on the Internet. As male and female roles become more blended in the household, I think we Gen Y'ers will be just fine.
Are you lacking 'female skills,' and do you care?
Photo via Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M/Flickr