Why You Kind Of Want To Be A 1950s Housewife, Even Though You’re A Modern Feminist

No matter how much you love your job, there are always those days where you come home, kick off your shoes, flop onto the couch, and consider just staying there and not moving for the rest of the night as you relax with your emergency bottle of wine. You know the type of days I’m talking about

Those are the times when you wonder if you’re doing this all wrong. Maybe the workforce isn’t for you. Maybe it’s not worth working your ass off. Maybe, just maybe, you have fantasies about leaning out. And these are the things fueling those fantasies:

  1. You’re dying for an excuse to wear one of those freaking adorable Jessie Steele aprons that you keep seeing on RueLaLa. But your guy would probably make fun of you, given that you never actually cook anything that doesn’t come out of a Trader Joe’s package.
  2. The hundreds of Pinterest recipes that you posted but haven’t actually made yet are calling out to you. Seriously, if someone judged you by your Pinterest board alone, they’d think you were a domestic goddess. That homemade salted caramel is just calling your name. If only you had a little more time on your hands, and a husband to appreciate your efforts (and to eat his fair share, because you really don’t want to think about all of those calories).
  3. When you looked at Kim Kardashian’s “Organization P*rn” closet, you got more than a little excited. You never thought you’d genuinely be jealous of a Kardashian, but OMG. You want to be her. NOW.
  4. Quite frankly, you’re getting a little tired of Seamless and other food delivery services. There’s only so much General Tso’s Chicken you can eat without feeling like you’re going to burst.
  5. There’s that dream side hobby you’ve always been interested in but never really had time for, and a breadwinning husband sure would help. You’d love to make your own jewelry and sell it on Etsy, learn another language, or finally write that memoir, but it doesn’t exactly pay the bills. You’re totally willing to do the laundry all day if it means you could pursue a dream.
  6. It would make your grandparents so damn proud, in that adorable little grandmother way. You once joked in front of her that you’re ready to quit your job and just pump out babies and she actually looked a little giddy. You could hardly bear to tell her you were kidding.
  7. Because those fit-and-flare dresses make your figure look ridiculously good. Sure, pencil skirts are nice, but those Betty Draper circa 1950s dresses are coming back onto the shelves, and you know you could rock them at home.
  8. You just genuinely like caring for other people and keeping things in order. There’s something really rewarding about enabling someone you love. Making a sandwich might sound like a cliché throwback, but hey – when your husband or child pulls out the lunch you made with love, it can really make their day to know that you cared enough to do something nice for them. There’s something to be said for having the time to do those little things that make the ones you love smile.
  9. Running a home lets you be your own boss. You’re basically the CEO: you’re the one setting the household priorities, you set the budget and do all of the purchasing, you’re the events planner, and you make the schedule. Sure, there’s a lot of work involved in running a household, especially when you have kids, but at least at the end of the day you get to be in charge.
  10. When you stay at home, you really get to appreciate what you have. Do you have kitchen gadgets galore from your wedding that you never actually find time to use? (We’re looking at you, ice cream maker) Are you paying a ton of money to rent an apartment where you hardly spend any time in it awake? If you stayed home, you’d get more opportunities to enjoy and utilize what you have
Jessica Levy is a freelance blogger and content writer. She’s also a politics junkie, a fledgling foodie, and a frequent traveler. She has lived in Morocco, Israel, India, and Barbados, and never wants to be cold again. Follow her on Twitter!