maandag 29 augustus 2016

The Disappearance Of Feminine Hobbies

Among casualties of the ongoing war on femininity are traditional feminine hobbies and pastimes, such as all sorts of needlework and coffee clatches. In fact, women are often shamed for participating in things like that. Sitting at home knitting while children are at school? What are you, a granny? Nothing better to do? Why don't you go find a job?

Any form of females gathering together during the day is considered to be highly suspicious, unless they are over the retirement age. Career women and church fundamentalists unite in unrighteous anger accusing such ladies of idleness. If you don't have a formal job, you are supposed at least to have some decency not to flaunt it and as for enjoying your freedom, forget it! That's what home businesses and ministries are for.

It's like 1960s feminists created a stereotype of a tired, overworked, haggard-looking homemaker only allowed out of the house to do her weekly shopping and now everyone agrees that it's exactly how a housewife should aspire to live.

Of course, when we examine the evidence left over from more traditional times, we'll see that though ladies normally took pride in keeping a clean house, cooking nutritious meals and having well-bred children they were interested in other things as well. Shows like I Love Lucy feature homemakers visiting each other, reading books, participating in social activities, gardening etc etc.

They didn't feel the pressure of spending every spare minute working on a home business of some sort or being engaged in some ministry. And they built lasting friendships, something modern people simply don't have time for any more...

zaterdag 27 augustus 2016

Roman Villa Close By Trier

We have visited a couple of those. I think this was the second one.

If I remember correctly, it was originally more of a farm, rebuilt and extended by later owners.

It had several bedrooms and a whole complex of baths and all things sanitary.

This was a cold bath:

And below is a Roman WC. it keeps standing, after nearly 2000 years which is probably more than will be said about our modern buildings:

They had to install the grating to protect it from barbarians, though:)

vrijdag 26 augustus 2016

Marital Duties?

they don't exist any more.

Now I realise it's old news already, but since I was on vacation I couldn't write about it earlier. There was an interesting debate on the subject of marital rape some time ago. Vox correctly pointed out that the concept didn't even exist in most countries until the 1990s, and that instead there was a concept of marital debt which spouses owed each other. However, then things go tricky. Vox states that a man has a financial obligation to support his wife and that he is obliged to do it whether he feels like it or not.

Except that he hasn't. That's right, according to the current laws in Western countries, just as the wife owes no sex to her husband, he owes her no financial support of any kind. Even moral obligation hardly exists any more, since the society (and husbands) fully expect their wives to "help earn an income".

Consider this: Traditionally, the husband had a duty to provide a safe house, pay for necessities such as food and clothing, and live in the house. The wife's obligations were maintaining a home, living in the home, having sexual relations with her husband, and rearing the couple's children. Today, the underlying concept that marriage is a legal contract still remains, but due to changes in society the legal obligations are not the same. (Quoted from here ).

So what legal duties spouses owe each other nowadays and what rights do they have? Well, in the USA, e.g., you can receive your spouse's Social Security benefits. And you can't abuse your spouse or lie to him/her about your finances or a criminal past. That's what the modern liberal marriage amounts to.

Just as the husband has absolutely no legal redress if the wife asks for a separate bedroom, there is nothing short of divorce that the wife can do if the husband refuses to provide an income.

Vox mentioned India as one of the countries where the law states that marital rape is impossible. Indian law also states that a wife is entitled to claim decent living standards & basic comforts of life by her husband as per his living standards.

The recent court ruling announced that if the husband is healthy, able-bodied and is in a position to support himself, he is under the legal obligation to support his wife, for the wife's right to receive maintenance under Section 125 CrPC, unless disqualified, is an absolute right. (That was a ruling on divorced women receiving spousal support). Sometimes, a plea is advanced by the husband that he does not have the means to pay for he does not have a job or his business is not doing well. These are only bald excuses and, in fact, they have no acceptability in law.

No wonder that both feminists and meninists decry India's sexist laws.

As someone who supports traditional marriage, I'm sympathetic to Vox's arguments (before you start attacking me or him for promoting domestic violence, he stated correctly that using force to make your wife go to bed with you constitutes assault and battery), however, the idea that the law is one-sided and only favours women is, imo, not true. Marriage under liberal law grants you few legal rights and even fewer responsibilities, and that's true for both spouses.

donderdag 25 augustus 2016

Kraut Salad For Warm Weather

This is my version of a recipe from Rezepte vom Land. 

I used:

1 pkg (300g) oxheart cabbage, shredded
100ml white vinegar
3 TBSP honey mustard
1 TBSP sunflower oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 TBSP brown sugar
several potatoes, cooked and sliced
1 liverwurst, sliced (200g)
a bunch of radishes, sliced
some lettuce
dried parsley to taste

Mix the cabbage with vinegar, mustard and oil and knead a bit, like you would do with dough. Add salt, pepper and sugar and let stay in the fridge for the min. of 1 hour (better longer). Then add the rest of the ingredients plus additional salt and pepper to taste, mix well. Serve as a main dish with bread or as side dish. As a side dish will feed 4, otherwise 2-3.

woensdag 24 augustus 2016

Global Warming Or Global Cooling?

Even as we are experiencing a heat wave I stumbled upon this video:

I tend to be skeptical of both since in my experience the temperatures have the way of balancing themselves so that the yearly averages hardly ever change. Still it's interesting to hear the opposite point of view, which is generally absent from the MSM.

dinsdag 23 augustus 2016

DIY Dishwashing Detergent

I made it today. Here is the recipe. Mine didn't turn out so thick even though I have cooked it for about 15 minutes. It withstood the first trial rather well, though.

maandag 22 augustus 2016

Some Of The Things I Brought Home

Found some nice recipes and garden ideas already. Looking forward to reading the rest of it.