CASE FOR WOMAN CAVE
Ipropose women should get a cave of their own. It’s about time she had a quiet, serene space where she can escape the quagmire of domestic chores. That never-ending set of activities that has turned her life into hamster-onthe-wheel existence.
I see a conspiracy here. While sociologists have validated a man’s need for a haven by coining the term man cave which has now turned into a multi-million dollar business, what with home décor companies, home entertainment giants and even toy stores cashing in on its allure, women on the other hand, have got the wrong end of the deal. For them, there is no escape from the tedium of house work. In fact, if some researchers are to be believed, women are expected to find solace in it.
If you find that hard to believe, read on. According to a research conducted by Florida State University some years ago ‘washing up while practicing ‘mindfulness’ – a meditative technique that focuses on the present moment – decreased nervousness and enhanced mental creativity.’
To me, this is hard to believe. If there is any truth in this research, then we wouldn’t be inventing kitchen appliances by the minute. Instead we would be in a state of Zen because of the long hours spent washing, cleaning and tidying up, day in and day out. I rest my case. It is about time women had a cave of their own.
While the same home décor companies, home entertainment giants and toy stores which fuelled the man cave industry, ponder over the revenue potential of this proposition, I find inspiration in the sisterhood of knitters we feature on page 26.
These women prove that pursuit of happiness clearly lies in pursuing a creative activity, not in owning a panic room of sorts that helps in preserving their sanity. As Mel Wilson says in the article, ‘When something is whirling in my head, knitting helps me focus, settles me down and relaxes me a bit.’
Looks like knitting is her cave.