The post about the guys got me thinking. Most of my life I have lived the very traditional (by American culture of the 30's-60's) thing. I was a sahm, only working parttime and that only after the kids were grown, dh retired, and the job was one there was no one else in the village to do but needed doing badly. I love wearing skirts, but also love wearing jeans. I hunt, fish, and can do what needs to be done. Dh can cook and clean. However, we GENERALLY follow the old traditional guidelines. We've enjoyed it thoroughly. However, through the years I have been called a brainless wonder for staying home, accused of being on "marital welfare", told I must have a lazy gene, etc. Yeah, right, let them come and manage the canning and the freezing and the educating the kids and the housework, do the quilting and crocheting and cooking from scratch for everything. We will see who is lazy then. We found that we were miles ahead financially living this way--dh retired at 51, not on disability, from manual labor. Guess I did contribute something by actually homemaking, huh. So I ask you this: do you think it is hard to be a traditional female in today's world?