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Housewife or stay-at-home mother

Ana's post got me thinking last night. She wrote, 'they used to be called housewives,' a fab post.

It was the 'used to' that I couldn't get out of my mind. Does that mean this term is now redundant in America?

I ask, because it's certainly not the case in Britain. Furhermore I've noticed the trend in blogs and articles of calling 'housewives' stay-at-home mothers, much in the same it is in France.

It's certainly more appropriate, even though one should not defined by one word only.

I am many things, I aspire to even more. My documents state I'm a novelist, sometimes it says author, it depends.

That doesn't mean I only write novels, I don't like being limited to one genre. I write articles, short stories, poems. I also have an idea for a middle grade book...and I blog.

And of course, I'm proud to say I'm a wife and a very proud mum. Yes, I do gush a lot about my children and I amke no apologies.

Elle · 2584 days ago
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  •  Jossy: 
    we were never created to be labelled and shoved in a box. you are more...we all are.
     2574 days ago 
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  •  AnaLewis: 
    Hi Elle,

    In all honesty, I would say that the term is very popular today in the US. But it means something different than it used to mean. Right now, there are several popular reality TV shows all beginning with the the words, "The Real Housewives of..." Beverly Hills, Atlanta, New York, New Jersey, Orange County, etc.. And truthfully, they don't resemble the old housewives from my mother's era, in the least. They instead seem more focused on how much attention they can garner for themselves. And, in an attempt to glamorize the role, they have cheapened it, in my humble opinion.

    I think that the US "Real Housewives..." series are copied from the GB show, "Footballer's Wives".

    I think that we, as women, as human, as people, are too complex and remarkable to trap in a one name role. It seems too limiting to me.

    LOVE this conversation.

     2584 days ago 
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Housewife or stay-at-home mother