You can read it here.
It is about three women who eschew the modern world and live and dress and act completely within their preferred decade, the 30s, the 40s and the 50s.
The author of the article did a good job of not putting their own slant on it, but I really found the whole idea very distasteful. Now, I also think that it's weird that I have such a strong dislike for the concept these women live by. I like vintage things and clothes, I sew and wear them and I buy them at estate sales.
I guess it is the attitude of the women that I don't like. For one, it is very ingenuous and head-in-the-sand. Each of the women says something along the lines of: "the world is a dangerous and scary place that I want nothing to do with." and "I don't read the news." So they would rather live in a time warp?
Of course there was poverty then, and sadness, and crime, or a man abusing his wife, or a child going hungry; there has been and always will be sadness in the world. I don't think the wisest way to deal with it is to pretend it doesn't exist.
My analogy: New Orleans can be a very dangerous city- we often have the highest murder rate in the entire nation. I could say "that is a terrifying fact, so I will pretend not to know it" and live my life unwisely, riding my bike wherever I want, not paying attention to my surrounding, going in unsafe areas and generally being oblivious because I would rather not think about it. Or, I could be smart and realistic and say "this can be a very dangerous city, but only if you are unwise." So I avoid certain areas, and keep my eyes open and act smart- and never personally experience crime, while still enjoying my life.
The only other thing that annoyed me was how much time and money they spend keeping this lifestyle going. One of the women says she spends 50-150 pounds on each outfit. That is one of the principal reasons I started sewing vintage clothes- I simply don't have the money to buy them, especially as the vintage concept grows and prices go up.
The one thing I don't have a problem with is the relationship lifestyle choice. If they want to play subservient housewife, that's totally their business. Everyone's relationship has a balance of power; theirs is just very obvious to the world.
Anyways, it's an interesting article- go read it and tell me what you think!!