“I should favour anything that would increase the present enormous authority of women and their creative action in their own homes. The average woman, as I have said, is a despot; the average man is a serf.”
Not to tie woman to the kitchen, but because it is in the kitchen and in the home that the creative power of dominion shines most brightly in the average home today.
Why would a woman want a career Chesterton asks? Why change the freedom of home-making for the drudgery of working for a boss?
The idea of homemaking being the freeing “career” is refreshing and radical and TRUE. Within our homes we can decorate and teach, organize and cook with a creative freedom that doctors and lawyers can’t hope to match.
“Cook wildly!” he urges. Embrace the creative dominion of making a home for your husband and children.
With the endless amount of ideas about home-making that we come across through blogs or books or chats over tea, his reminder is so timely. We are called to joyfully take dominion over our own homes. Ideas are just ideas: some of the multitudinous ways of making our homes more delightful and pleasing.
“I am for any scheme,” continues Chesterton, “that will make the average woman more of a despot. So far from wishing her to get her cooked meals from outside, I should like her to cook more wildly and at her own will than she does. So far from getting always the same meals from the same place, let her invent, if she likes, a new dish every day of her life. Let woman be more of a maker, not less. ”
In the end, each of us gets to decide the “wild and wonderful” way that we will run our home.
photo by Zsuzsanna Kilian