Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Generation Why Would I?

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Generation Why Would I?

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WE'VE known for a while that those lazy, self-absorbed, never-leave-home Gen-Yers would take the shirt right off your back.

What we now know, however, is that they'll give that shirt right back once it loses a button and needs a good iron.

They can't sew, you see.

Can't iron either.

Don't know how to cook a roast.

Are unable to grow a plant from a cutting.

Haven't got the foggiest idea about baking a lamington.

Basic domestic (read afemalea) skills are in danger of becoming extinct, according to recent research, with Gen Y women a time poor but purse rich a preferring to send their clothes to the drycleaners, get their cakes from the bakery, and leave the cooking of the roast chicken to the Colonel.

It's shocking stuff, particularly to those blokes out there who cherish fond hopes of finding a good little wife to cook his meals, fluff up his slippers and keep the house spick and spana[degrees].just like mum used to do.

Even etiquette expert June Dally Watkins has weighed in on the scandal, saying: aGrammar and manners among women has deteriorated along with cooking and sewing skills. Gen Y could also take a leaf out of nanna's book when it comes to dress sense. Girls now wear the shortest shorts and plunging necklines that show off their bosom. They get attention but not for the right reason.a

(What that's got to do with the lamington I don't know, but go ahead and beat that drum, June.)

Now perhaps its just my feminist hackles prickling, but what alarms me about all this is as well as ignoring what Gen Y women can do that their grannies couldn't (such as program a computer, make sushi and mow the lawn), the community outrage also conveniently ignores the equivalent loss of skills among Gen Y men and fails to recognise that there are plenty of women like me a far removed from a 1990s birth date a who are managing just fine, thank you very much, to reap without being able to sew.

I never cooked a meal before I married.

I still give my husband the needle and thread when buttons need replacing.

I quickly learned that hosing the washing while it was still on the line eliminated the need for ironing. …

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