I didn’t plan this post, but thought it would be interesting to bring up. After posting my most recent Spark Post (not very long ago), WordPress showed me a confirmation (“You have published this many posts” or something) and under it was this quote, which I have screen shot for all to see.
The documentary “Miss Representation” discussed how women were subject to advertising after World War II that encouraged them to leave their factory jobs in order to put men back in the work force and women back in the homes. While I realize we’re not in a time of a major labor shift like the one after the war, Christie’s quote is very interesting and hauntingly similar to the advertising women were targeted by. Obviously Christie didn’t rally for women to stay in the home or anything (though she was known for her stereotyping!), but doesn’t it almost sound like that? “If you want to be a good writer and have great ideas, you better keep your home nice and clean!” It’s interesting that WordPress would use this quote where it sounds as if she’s encouraging all us writers to “get back in the kitchen.” While I’m sure this isn’t what WordPress intended, I’m surprised they couldn’t find another Christie quote to replace this one with, because honestly, while maybe this was helpful for Christie, I don’t see much inspiration from this quote.
(Or maybe I’m just in a gender & society mood?)