“A woman’s place is at home.”
“The woman of the house is the one who handles the kitchen.”
“The woman of the house should be the one who cleans and tidies the house.”
A lot of us must have heard many or all the above statements being uttered by relatives in our respective homes. This is just a miniscule snapshot of what society thinks even today. But why this mindset? Why is the women expected to work like a machine at home while the man relaxes after a tough day at work? Can’t a woman work outside home as well?
One of the primary reasons for this thinking arises from the fact that in many countries, patriarchal societies are very common even today. The concept of the man knowing the be-all and end-all and the woman not questioning one bit is typical of such societies.
Moreover, during the earlier days women never used to work outside home. Instead, it was a given that the man would work and earn so much outside the house that he can support the family on his income alone. And the woman would play the support role ensuring everything is perfect at home.
But with changing times, rising costs and a lot many factors, things are changing. More and more women are joining corporate jobs at all levels. With the rigorous work timings, it is becoming increasingly difficult for woman to balance both work at corporate offices and at home. And this is where men need to share their load.
Interestingly, another problem relates to men having grown up to seeing women do all household activities from making food to doing the laundry. And so, they consider it downright insulting when asked to do the same.
As the costs rise, lifestyles change and the need for both the husband and wife to work increases, married couples will need to sort out their respective responsibilities at home lest their relationship falls apart.
Yes, Phase 1 of the BlogAdda Activity: Is Laundry Only a Women’s Job? is for women bloggers only. My post is just in support of this interesting initiative.
Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – January) – My post no 13 for this month.