Generation Y women losing ‘female’ skills? That’s only the half of it…

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Generation Y women losing ‘female’ skills such as cooking, ironing and sewing | Courier Mail.

I think the story should really be “People losing life skills”.
Most men don’t have many ‘male’ skills left either – repairing things, building things, yard work,….

This shouldn’t be about gender – it should be about the fact that most urbanites would not be able to survive if they couldn’t buy a new one or pay someone to fix it.

Whatever happened to taking a bit of pride in being self-sufficient? I don’t mean wacko survivalist stuff, but come ON.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein

Sadly, people are becoming insects.

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Generation Y women losing ‘female’ skills? That’s only the half of it… — 1 Comment

  1. In the US Army, they train you to specialize on a single vehicle, though there’s some flex room, there, for very similar vehicles. I don’t know to what extent that’s true in the Armed Forces.

    I don’t know if it’s an issue that goes beyond talent, but look at any small business, and you won’t find specialists at the helm. It is still necessary to rise to the occasional conflict and learn new things. Specialization seems to come around a lot more strongly when the scale of the operation is larger and more resources can be thrown at a problem.

    Learning to cook well is something that’s been on my hit list for a year or so, now. It hasn’t made a lot of progress. I still sew my own clothing (not well), repair my own devices, do my own yard work (if necessary), design my own orthopedic devices… I’ve known lots of people who don’t do these things, but I’m at a loss for a reason why. Many of them are just as poor as I am.

    I suppose it’s the idea that there are other, more important things that always need doing, or that their survival is not sufficiently threatened by it. It was only a few generations ago that “bread with lard” and “blood sausage” were on the household menu.

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