Woman Quits Job To ‘Spoil Husband’ Like A ‘1950s Housewife’ And The Internet Has Opinions

In the 1950s, the expectation of heterosexual marriage was that the man would be the breadwinner and the woman would keep house. Divorce was extremely taboo and a woman working was considered a shame upon the household. A lot has changed since then.

The women’s liberation movement for one! Ladies burned their bras and got out of the kitchen. It’s also gotten a lot harder for households to run smoothly on just one income. Few people can afford to have one person stay home just to cook dinner and make the beds.

Unless you are Katrina Holte, a woman breathlessly profiled in the New York Post for her decision to stay home like a “1950s housewife.”

Holte remodeled her home in Oregon to look like it’s from another era. She makes all her owns clothes using vintage patterns and basically pretends she’s traveling back in time in her own home.

“I feel like I’m living how I always wanted to. It’s my dream life and my husband shares my vision,” she says. “It is a lot of work. I do tons of dishes, laundry and ironing, but I love it and it’s helping to take care of my husband and that makes me really happy.”

Okay. Cool. It’s a bit confusing because it seems like Holte does still sell some of the clothes she makes online, so she is bringing in some income. House-wifing is more of a state of mind, it seems.

“When I look at everything that is happening in the world now, I feel like I belong in a nicer, more old-fashioned time,” she says. “I agree with old-fashioned values, like being a housewife, taking care of your family, nurturing the people in it and keeping your house in excellent condition, so everyone feels relaxed.”

Oh, I see, so she’s like a Trump supporter with more style. All right, whatever, different strokes for different folks. But because Holte is making a big deal about her decision on a public forum, people have public opinions about it:

Other people think mocking Holte is disrespectful. Isn’t feminism about allowing women to make their own choices?

My suspicion is that Holte actually very much wants to work—as an influencer who writes blogs and sells clothes online for other women nostalgic for a “simpler time.” Despite how times have changed, there are a lot of women out there still keeping house while their husband works, and they’re not having articles written about them. You only do that when you want to turn being a housewife into a career.