Friday, April 16, 2010

"Sharing" Housework

Whenever I see a man pushing a stroller or wandering around with a baby in a papoose I wonder if since he does his share of childcare, does his wife mow the lawn? (And before any FRAs start complaining, no I do not have a problem with fathers taking care of their children, I just think the sight of men wandering around carrying babies in papooses looks ridiculous and emasculating.) Feminists, their "pro-feminist" mangina allies, and women in general often whine that men don't do their share of housework, but men do plenty of housework, except that it is outside or if it is inside it involves using strength and/or getting dirty.

Most of the people who I've seen changing tires, fixing cars, mowing lawns, landscaping and exterior decorating, doing fix-it work, cleaning gutters, and painting houses are men. True, this work might not take as much time as women's indoor work, but it is a lot more tiring and in some cases, dangerous. Plus, a lot of women's work is mostly automated. Women don't wash the clothes with a washboard and string them on a clothesline, they just dump them in the washer and dryer and later fold them. Likewise, cooking really isn't very labor intensive for the most part (unless you are preparing ingredients, mixing them, or stirring them), especially since most American women just throw something into the microwave or oven. And in households where the man works and the woman stays at home, he spends 8 hours a day working, so the least she can do is the housework.

To answer my question in the first paragraph, I'm guessing that the wives/girlfriends of men who wander around carrying babies in papooses while their wives work, shop, or visit friends probably don't repay the favor by doing yardwork. The kind of men they are married to are the kind of nice guys that believe that "equality" means women have no responsibilities or are "pro-feminist" manginas who are too meek to stand up to women (because that would be patriarchal and sexist).


  1. And do such women register for Selective Service, as required by law for men?

    Feminism is the breeding ground of hypocrisy.

  2. Not a good example of double standards. You are making the analogy that a small amount of time a man spends with his own child is an unwarrented burden on his time. Nore is it an indicator of the total distribution of labor within his household. He may even be a single parent (it happens).

    Not saying that there aren't double standards, just that this is not a good example.

  3. "And do such women register for Selective Service, as required by law for men?

    Feminism is the breeding ground of hypocrisy."

    As far as I know, feminists do not support mandatory selective service for women or men, so I don't see how this is evidence of hypocrisy.

  4. hate to say it, I am a Democrat but it really is totally emasculating for a guy to be carting kids around. Yikes.