Is Domesticity the New Black?


“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.” ~Voltaire

“To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.” ~ Samuel Johnson

“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” ~Harriet Van Horne

I’ve noticed an internet trend over the past few months, there’s a whole lot of baking, cooking and crafting going on. I realize we’re heading into the winter months when people traditionally tend to stay indoors and cook, bake and craft, but it seems more people are talking about it and sharing their domestic experiences. And don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great thing. It reinforces my belief that in a complex world, people crave simplicity.
I love how our age of technology helps connect and bind us together, as does cooking with another, baking with your family or knitting with a group of friends. I think what fascinates me most by this movement of shared domesticity is the juxtaposition of the old-school, traditional homesteading meeting up with the new school technology of blogs, Tweets and Facebook.
From a best-selling author blogging about Learning to Submit and all things domestic, to whole Facebook pages aimed at sharing recipes and talking about food, there is no shortage of places to get your fix for food, crafts and in general, how to get your domestic goddess on.
I’ve become an avid user of the Instagram app since I bought an iPod touch a couple months ago. What has surprised me the most in using this app is that the site is filled with pics of people baking and cooking.
I’ve seen a wide variety of folks eager to share their daily domestic lives. From Taylor Swift baking cookies with the help of her Kitchen Aid stand mixer to regular people cooking dinner.
There seems to be a real interest in hearth, home and family now. Which is a wonderful improvement over the culture that worshiped Minolo’s and Coach bags of about eight years ago.
Thankfully, it seems we’re becoming a society of substance instead of just stuff.

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