Here’s a photo of me this morning, readying the family for Easter. Shopping for the Sunday meal, getting eggs and dye in for the little ones, ironing the linens for the table, like any good housewife would do. Housewife??? What’s a housewife?
I don’t believe the term exists anymore, probably removed from the dictionary, yet I see it as a perfect descriptor of me, and proudly so. I think I even use that word (shhh, housewife) on forms when asked my profession. I alternate it with Homemaker, but yikes, that to today’s women is probably far worse a word than Housewife.
Today, just watch television to see the evolution (or devolution in my way of thinking) of women’s role at home. Long story short, she’s NOT at home, she’s NOT doing laundry, she’s NOT taking care of the kids, she’s NOT cooking. Media has told women to Lean In, to be a doctor, lawyer, computer coder, President, CEO, astronaut. Mom? Not so much.
Just witness the change in how women describe themselves being a mom. It used to be Mom, just regular Mom, now today it’s the god-awful PC crap, Stay At Home Mom, as if being a mom isn’t good enough for feminists who want women to have it all. Hint – you can’t have it all.
Then enter what the media has done to men. They’ve become The Housewives, and seemingly proudly so.
They teach their daughters how to shave legs. Really girls, you need to be taught this, and by your dad? My MOM never taught me. I took the razor and shaved. Wow, that was tough.
Men on TV do the laundry too – they are miracle workers!
Men are the primary caregivers in many ads, they say goodbye as the wife/mom leaves in the business attire.
Watch carefully in this Cheerios How To Dad ad – if you blink you’ll miss the mom – she gets a cameo appearance, being handed a cup of coffee as she heads out the door to the office while DAD does all the rest.
Okay, call me old. Call me old-fashioned. Call me crazy even, but I think women are being sold a bill of goods by FemiNazis.
Sure, what women doesn’t like a man who can cook and it IS dreamy when they say, dear, sit down, let ME do the dishes tonight, but folding the laundry, teaching daughters to shave their legs, being it ALL, I don’t find that remotely appealing in a man.
I think sons should be taught how to do the laundry, how to sew on a button, how to cook, and how to wash dishes. Daughters should be taught how can change a tire, how to handle a gun, and a must, how to drive a stick shift. I think both sexes should learn a lot, but that doesn’t mean I think the division of chores in a marriage or relationship should be such that women become men and men become women. Sure, have a career. Sure, have kids and a marriage too. Balance it, juggle it, it can be done, many women do it and do it well, but to lose your identity over being politically correct, I don’t get it.
What do you guys say about the ads with men doing it all? Do you think it’s about time? Do you say sure, we should do it all? Is it emasculating at all? Or about time men stepped up?
Now while you chat, pardon me while I go finish the laundry, set the table, make the bed, marinate the lamb, polish the silver, scrub the kitchen floor…. 🙂
Happy Good Friday and Easter weekend peeps. And of course, Happy Passover too!