>>Stay-at-home daughters spend their days learning “advanced homemaking” skills, such as cooking and sewing, and other skills that at one time were a necessity -- knitting, crocheting, soap- and candle-making.<<
Let's see how I stack up:
Cooking - learned that from my mother, then from two professional chefs with help from an organic chemist.
Sewing - got taught the basics from my mother and from my father (he's got a lot of practice replacing buttons on dress shirts).
Knitting & crocheting - got taught those by one of my aunts as a way to kill time on a road trip when I was about eight, but I've forgotten how to knit.
Soap making - Ninth grade chemistry lab.
Candle making - Cub Scout camp, third grade. I think it was right after shooting and right before off-road biking.
Unless they mean gourmet cooking or dietetics, or maybe how to do alterations like a professional tailor, how do any of these skills count as "advanced"? And what does "advanced homemaking" mean? Or even "homemaking" - somehow a literal definition doesn't seem to be what they mean.
And why do they feel that men shouldn't know the same skills? My girlfriend likes it when I cook dinner, although she doesn't appreciate my peanut butter cookies.
And where do they get the idea that women shouldn't know more skills? I really like that my girlfriend knows physics better than I do. She keeps catching typos in my papers.