Part the first: Domesticity
We cleaned our bedroom like MANIACS today. We aired the mattress and pillows, did all of the laundry we could lay our hands on, cleaned out both wardrobes, ironed everything remotely wrinkly, and sorted out a bunch of mishmash crap. It feels and smells great.
Artos is cleaning our silver tea service as I write this. I think the domestic bug bit him a little hard! It looks fantastic though.
Part the second: Literary rant
I finished reading The Nanny Diaries this morning. As I was ironing my clothes this evening, I started thinking about the book and the previous similar novel I read, The Devil Wears Prada. They have something in common: an early-20s heroine who seems to lack self esteem completely, getting run roughshod by a complete bitch of an employer. Then I started reflecting on a few other books I have picked up lately (and then swiftly put down) including the stupidly-named Good in Bed.
What is it about pop literature these days? Why all these heroines lacking in self-esteem who let themselves be completely walked over by inhumane bitches? What kind of message are authors and publishers sending to their readers by featuring these weak-minded women so prominently? If you think about it, there’s a downright epidemic of it, beginning with Bridget Jones’ Diary. I hate how these books glorify the stupid, weak-willed female protagonist. Are we supposed to sympathize with her, or even worse, aspire to be like her? Should I aspire to be like someone whose only response to her bitch-on-wheels boss is a bit of public profanity and a swift exit? C’mon, where’s the confrontation, the sticking-up-for-oneself?
Then I started thinking about books that feature strong-willed women, and I’m coming up frighteningly short. Why aren’t there books about smart, sassy women who stick up for themselves and get good jobs and succeed at both career and family? (Don’t suggest that it’s a myth: this is literature; authors can write about myths all they like).
That’s all for tonight. I’m going to take my strong-willed, productive and successful self off to my fresh-smelling bedroom with my handsome and devoted husband.