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The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
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While this wasn't always a scintillating read, Canfield certainly had some interesting things to say. I particularly liked her essay on marriage which was included in the front of the 2007 reprint. As for The Home-Maker it explored society's expectations of gender roles within the marriage. I think my main problem was the either/or nature of what was presented - Either you work outside the home and don't trouble yourself about things like your house and your spouse and your children or you do stay home and you care deeply for them. While Canfield was pioneering in bending the gender roles, I was struck by little love and affection for the children is held by the breadwinner(whomever that may be).
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