Since I started on My Make Do and Mend Year, I have discovered that there are plenty of other folks out there undertaking similar challenges (a Buy Nothing New Revolution no less!).
One of the blogs I follow is from the USA and is called The Simple Year. By the time this post is published, I think they will have completed their year (HUGE congratulations to them!) but it was one of the last posts that I want to pick up on. The majority of the blog was written by Kerry, with occasional guest posts by her hubby, Chris. Chris was, apparently, not really that on board with the whole project to start with, but has done a big 360, and in this post, was congratulating his wife and family on the hugely positive effects he feels that Buying Nothing New has had on their lives.
The post come with a Programming Note from Kerry at the beginning, and she has very kindly allowed me to include it here:
Important Programming Note: With only two weeks left in our Simple Year, my husband surprised me over the weekend and sent me this guest post. There are many people out there that have mentioned they would like to try some version of our project but they didn’t feel like their spouse would be a willing participant. To those people, I would mention my husband was also skeptical. He seems to have come full circle now.
I too have had similar comments from people, and the Lovely Hubby was also a little less than thrilled when I first suggested My Make Do and Mend Year. (Although to give him his due, he has since joined in with gusto, and is very proud to be Daddy-fix-it.)
So what is it about men and their reluctance to get involved in these kinds of projects..?
-Do they not care about the environment? Are more environmentalists female?
-Do they not ‘get’ blogging? The majority of the bloggers I know are female, but there must be boy ones out there!
But even if you take the whole blogging thing out of the equation, why are they less than enthusiastic at the suggestion that they Buy Nothing New?
Most blokes I know could not really be described as clothes horses, so it can’t be a fear of no new clothes for a year?
So is it gadgets? And DVDs? And technical wizardry..?
Or am I over-analysing, and is it simply a desire for an easy life…??!
Any boys out there want to give us an insight into the male psyche, and why you might be responsible for holding back a whole army of Buy Nothing New-ers..?!