- What in the world does this article have to do with Catholic Living?
- Don't you think this article is sexist and demeaning to women and..... (fill in the blank)
The bible says that God made women to be a helpmate for her husband. In all of scripture, that phrase is used only as a title for woman and as a title for God. if God himself declared that is our helpmate, how could it be demeaning to a woman to be the same?
God intended men and women to be complimentary to each other in their the roles as husband and wife, so that each would exemplify half of the creator. In marriage, God designed that the husband would be the provider (just as God is our provider) and that the wife would be his helpmate (just as God is out helpmate). So, discussing our role as helpmate and the ways that we better serve our husbands in this way is definitely Catholic Living material and definitely not demeaning or belittling.
So, as a way to delve into this topic, I thought it would be fun to revisit the infamous Good Housekeeping article from 1955, "The Guide Wife's Guide." Not because I think it exemplified what it means to be a helpmate, but because I do think it most of it is good advice if we will just put aside our feminist egos long enough to see its merit.
Over the next several posts, I am going to talk about each of these pieces of advice and look at why it is relevant and practical in my role as helpmate to my husband.
I challenge you to do the same. Read the articles in the series each week and think about ways you can implement them in your life. I am only going post one article for this series a week because I believe that implementing too many new habits at a time always leads to failure.
The Modern Housewife
P.S. I should point out that many of these "tips" are also things that our husbands should be doing for us as well. Being home with the children all day can be very taxing and our husbands should absolutely look for ways to help us relax and unwind after our long day as well. Let's first take out the plank in our own eye before we go pointing out the speck in our husband's.