Southern Agrarianism and the culture of the Old South

The Ultimate Career

This being The Southern Agrarian, may lead one to think, “Ah, it must be farming or other agrarian field that is ‘the ultimate career’. Wrong. Producing food – like all other careers – exists only to serve and support the ultimate career. That career is Homemaker, wife, mother, and the endless sub-roles that comprise the honored title of Homemaker. Think about it. Is there any other role in human society that would continue beyond the current generation if not for the role of Homemaker?

Southern culture has always revered women and their role. Always. And Southern women have always taken great and justified pride in their place of honor. The image of the Southern Belle has no corollary. There is no “Northern Belle” or any other iconic image of women in any other culture that can match the cultural image of the Southern lady. There is good reason that Southern women are not found in significant numbers among the screeching radical feminists who strive not to be better women, but inferior men. Southern women are confident in the knowledge that their traditional role of wife, mother, and homemaker is valued, treasured, and revered in our culture.

It is the Homemaker who has the Ultimate Career that all others exist to serve.

The Homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career.
– C.S. Lewis


(Top photo is of our son, daughter-in-law, and hours-old grandson – April 2012)


  1. Peter S. Kelley

    This is something forgotten by nearly all of the current US population. It will come back to haunt them.

    • Stephen Clay McGehee

      Great to hear from you again! Yes, there are some lessons that are very painful, and this will surely be one.

  2. karen conley

    Feminism is a tool of the cultural Marxists used to tear down society. Real women know their place in society. It is in their home.

    • Stephen Clay McGehee

      Well said, ma’am. Thank you. Having a sense of place – of knowing “this is where I belong, and others are depending on me in this position” is enormously satisfying. It is a universal feeling that is shared by both men and women.

  3. Fugative Agrarian

    My wife has home-made for all but the first two of our 20 years of marriage. She is quite content with the position. When asked what she does I often reply with “She stays at home but works harder than me.” With our new farm venture a few years ago my work has trebled. Seems hers is a 1.97 correlation. A tough ole gal she is.

    That said, hats off to our pastors. Where would our families be without men like Nehemiah who take up the cause of “building the wall” and rouse us to do whatever good we can put our hands to. And of course, we look back and say the good hand of our God was on us the whole time through thick and thin.

    Look forward to seeing 2020. Thanks again for the post.

    • Stephen Clay McGehee

      Thank you, sir, and best wishes to you and the wife you are blessed with.

  4. Ron Cook

    That, ‘ultimate career’ post was the best thing I’ve read all day long!

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