Kierkegaard on mediocre women and the “womanly merit” of “the art of making a house a home”

Take a simple, middle-class woman; if she truly can be said to have the ability to make a house a home, then all honor to her–I bow as deeply to her as to a queen! On the other hand, if the queen does not have the ability to make a house a home, she is nevertheless ony a mediocre woman. Take a young girl who can scarcely be called a beauty–if she has the ability (as a young girl can have) to make a house a home, all honor to her! On the other hand, a radiant beauty, and, for that matter, give her all kinds of talents to boot and, for that matter, let her be a  celebrity–but if she does not have the art of making a house a home, indeed, has never venerated it–she, with all her talents, beauty, and fame, is still a mediocre woman. The art of making a house a home! We hereby make the great admission to woman, that it actually is she who shapes the house; even if the young girl never marries, we nevertheless rank her according to this womanly merit: the art of making a house a home.

Soren Kierkegaard, For Self-Examiniation and Judge for Yourself!, p. 49-50

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