“There is an economic argument for choosing a literal nest egg over a figurative one. Conventional feminist wisdom held that two incomes were necessary to provide a family’s basic needs — not to mention to guard against job loss, catastrophic illness, divorce or the death of a spouse. Femivores suggest that knowing how to feed and clothe yourself regardless of circumstance, to turn paucity into plenty, is an equal — possibly greater — safety net. After all, who is better equipped to weather this economy, the high-earning woman who loses her job or the frugal homemaker who can count her chickens?”

Peggy Orenstein

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  1. Great article. While I don’t live in Corporate USA and my thrift has to do with need rather than choice, I relate to this woman’s feelings precisely. I long for the return to nurturing the family rather than simply keeping up with it.

    Even though there’s no mention of God or the appointment of man and woman in their roles, the last sentence struck a chord. It really doesn’t matter what you do, how much money you make or don’t make, if your relationship with your husband isn’t on track, it’s just a bunch of scrambled eggs with the shells left in.

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