Saturday, January 22, 2011

Corporate Fascism Continues To Isolate People

Women find a space of their own with mom caves

"When life gets stressful for Mary Kammerer, she retreats into a spare bedroom in her house. She lights candles or burns incense, listens to meditation music — sometimes she talks to her mom, whose ashes she keeps in the room.She doesn't allow any interruptions. Her husband and pets know to stay away and she leaves her cellphone in the other room. She lies on the air mattress, closes her eyes and lets the music take her to a place where only she lives.
"It puts me in a whole new world, where I can relax," said Kammerer, 51, of Rockledge, Fla., who works for Bridges, a community organization for people with special needs. She goes into the room two or three times a week for an hour, more if she is stressed. "It's better than a bubble bath.
"For years, men have retreated to their "man caves" to watch sports, play video games or shoot pool without their wives or girlfriends around to bother them. Women who needed time alone had the kitchen, a place associated more with work than relaxation. It's now the social center in the home, so there's no privacy there.
But these days, women are chiseling out their own sanctuary, taking over a room, nook or even a closet and making it their "mom cave."A mom cave is the place where the woman who nurtures everyone goes to nurture herself, said Elaine Griffin, New York City interior designer and author of "Design Rules: The Insider's Guide to Becoming Your Own Decorator." She coined the term mom cave with HomeGoods. (It's really a woman cave but mom cave sounded better, she said.)
It's a natural evolution from man caves, the saying "If mom's not happy, nobody's happy," and the idea that it's OK to have me time, she said. The next logical step was a space for the me time."

It's a dream come true, this segregation, for reptiles who exist on isolating people in order to profit from non cooperation and remoteness. When everybody needs their own computer they sell more computers. When everybody needs their own room they sell more houses with more rooms. When nobody talks to each other and retreats to their own space they can be swayed and manipulated more easily, and won't have the cognizance or ability to organize any resistance to that manipulation. Push kids' rooms and man caves and moms' caves, anything that distracts and sequesters.


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