Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gen-Y Gals Lose Precious DIY Skills: Sewing, Baking, Ironing...

Ladies, what have you done to yourselves? An article in the Australian Courier-Mail claims that "basic female skills" are an endangered art as fewer young women are able to iron a shirt, cook a roast chicken or hem a skirt.

If you can fathom, only 23% of Gen Y gals under 30 can grow a plant from a cutting, compared with 78% of baby boomer grannies, who can apparently root American redwoods with their eyes crossed, while fixing the hubby a martini and changing a poop smeared diaper.

Social researcher Mark McCrindle notes, "Women of today tend to be busier, juggling more roles, and are quite prepared to compromise a bit of the homemade just to save some time. They also have more disposable income compared with their mums and grandmothers, so buying a cake mix is not a big deal." (Hee hee, he said mums!)

"Traditional skills outside the kitchen are falling by the wayside with Gen-Y women woefully behind their older counterparts," the McCrindle Research study found: "We live in a throw-away culture where we buy a new one, even if it is just a matter of darning holes or sewing on buttons."

As you might imagine, readers commenting on the story were anything but, uh, ladylike. Fired-up feminist MRSENG wrote, "The above skills should not be labeled as 'female' skills. They are life skills. What about all the younger men who no longer know how to mow the lawn, change a light bulb or fix the washer? Too busy partying as well, I guess."

On the other hand, KAP posted, "OMG, I am Gen X 42 years old and I can't do much at all. My hubby is better than I am. He sows (sic) all our buttons on and does all the ironing, he is a better cook, even though I can cook quite nice meals which I do the majority of because I am a stay at home mum. I can make pikelets, the kids luv them!!! But then again, who can't ?" (Does KAP sound like she's already had a martini or two, or what? P.S. A pikelet is a crumpet.)