By Sarah Haken
This article annoys me. Seriously? This is what a staff writer thinks is important to write about? If I want a tidy house, WHY is the connotation IMMEDIATELY a WOMAN to ensure that the house is “tidy”. But this sort of stupidity carries on the mindset that laundry and household chores are clearly a woman’s job and how dare she leave the kitchen to *gasp* be in the office. I mean, get real, we’re in the 21st century. If anything, my male housemate is probably more inclined to do the dishes, do the laundry and the like as he is generally a tidier person than I am. That’s the fact of the matter. Personality differences, not our gender.
As an aside, I have to love how the same staff writer makes the comment “If you want a tidy house for the rest of your life, never make a Western Cape woman your wife.” Like making someone your wife is “a thing”. Erhmmm it’s a two-sided decision, where both parties decide whether they want to be together.
Also, why is it an issue to spend less time doing house work? 174 minutes versus 219? It may not mean that a house is dirtier – how’s about we celebrate that there are more women now entering the job market and staying there (and not see it as a bad thing which this article appears to imply). That’s a far better headline than “Cape women lousy at housework”.
Originally posted at http://shakenbakeblog.com
For another article on this topic, check out Sipho Kings: Women work while men socialise