I periodically check in on the website known The Thinking Housewife to see what issues are concerning her and her readers. The site espouses quite appalling views but in the most genteel and proper language. That site has a strange fascination for me, like entering a time warp where I find myself in a world that never really existed except in the imaginations of those who think that we have become a decadent, hedonistic society that has abandoned all moral standards largely because we have lost contact with our religious, especially Roman Catholic, roots. They see warning signs of the decline everywhere.
So what is worrying the Thinking Housewife these days?
One is the fear that attempts to increase awareness of the need for affirmative consent before sexual encounters so as to avoid rape are precursors to all of us being sent to sex re-education camps.
Of course, Bruce Jenner’s transition to becoming Caitlyn Jenner is derided and mocked as blurring the lines between genders and is seen as a symptom of degeneration from a time when everyone knew their proper place in society.
Another post sees the adoption by women of some forms of dress that used to be exclusively masculine (like trousers) as a sign of an inferiority complex among women. Oddly, the authors seem to never see the other side of their argument. The site has a very traditional Roman Catholic perspective (they despise the current pope as some kind of Marxist subversive out to destroy the church) and yet the fact that its clergy wear dresses traditionally worn by women is not seen as being a sign of inferiority complexes in men.
The danger for me is that I can spend too much time wandering in a fascinating but strange world where a never-existent past is sanctified and yearned for.