"If women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy" Red Green (Steven Smith)an additional benefit in doing DIY: you get more sex. A study by sociologists at the University of Washington found that couples who follow traditional gender roles around the house – wives doing the cooking, cleaning and shopping; men doing the DIY and fettling the car – reported greater sexual frequency.
I saw a great TED talk he did once that I bet is similar to the testimony you're talking about. it was awesome.If you can find it on the web somewhere, Mike Rowe's (Dirty Jobs) testimony before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is phenomenal.
Thankfully, we still have it in ours and both sexes must take it. My daughter actually preferred shop class! She already knows how to cook and was amazed at how little the other kids knew. I don't think any of them are taught or allowed to cook with their parents..for the reasons brought above.No more wood shop or auto shops in school.. No more Home Ec.... We have gotten lazy about teaching our kids.
It's good for some things. Example: DH replaced the pump on a washer and a switch on a dryer after I did a web search of the model and symptoms and found repair instructions. If not for the internet, we would needed to call an appliance repairman. I've learned alot from the net, but there's always a lot of little things that youtube and websites gloss over. That's when I miss having an experienced ole timer who could show me what I'm doing wrong.The nostalgia for the good old days when men were men and had all those manly skills passed down through generations makes me wonder how all those old town handymen, tinkerers and shade tree mechanics ever survived, let alone made any money back in the day. Maybe it was by cleaning up after and fixing all the mistakes made by those manly men of yore.
All those skills are much more easily accessed, learned and attainable in today's digital age. YouTube and a variety of other social media and even business sponsored sights will tell you all you need to know about everything from unclogging a sink to building a house. We no longer have to rely on that dusty collection of Time Life home improvement books to lead the way. And there will always be a place for the "experts" to fix their mistakes.