Have you heard about the BYU provo student who thinks the term homemaker is outdated? She wants to change it to domain. Yeah, I know, it’s not even a verb.
This whole thing reminds me of the ancient Pueblo People who populated north America from about 500 – 1700 AD (that number changes all the time).
When white people first got to the area, the ancient pueblans were long gone and the people who remained referred to them as the Anasazi. Anasazi literally means “ancient enemy”. But when DNA evidence proved that the modern pueblans were in fact descended from the ancient pueblan’s they became offended at their own term. We are now asked to refer to the Anasazi as Ancient people, or ancient ones.
So I guess that growing up, Alexi thought of homemakers as old, “motherly” women, basically, the term homemaker was pretty synonymous with boring ancient woman in Alexi’s mind. But then something happened, Alexi got older, she may have moved away from home or had friends who got married and began homemaking. So they all became boring and ancient. Alexi doesn’t like being ancient or boring so she created a campaign to get rid of homemaking in leau of domain (it’s killing me to not add an “ing” to the end of that).
Here’s the problem with that Lexi,
Homemaking, unlike Anasazi, never actually meant ancient boring woman, homemaking is a sacred calling. Homemaking is pouring love into your home and life and kids. Yeah, a big part of it is cooking and cleaning and decorating, but it’s also promoting a beautiful spirit. You don’t have to have kids to homemake. You don’t have to be a stay at home mom. You don’t have to be female. You don’t even have to own your home. All you have to do is try to make your living space a comfortable and happy place to be. And frankly, domain doesn’t describe the love that homemaking does. It makes it sound cold and distant, rather than warm and inviting.
I don’t mean to sound overly harsh here, I really don’t. I think the design for your site is gorgeous and l’m positive that you’re intentions were good, but honestly I feel attacked. I feel like your saying, “you’re job title isn’t cool enough – why don’t you change it so that it’s hip and young”.
So for my part, I’m not going to be “donating” to your campaign.
But here’s some link love – maybe some of my readers will disagree with me and join your domain revolution.
What do you think? Make my day and comment.