|From Spinach and Yoga.|
I was tempted to blog about how ridiculous it was to make this list for a grown man. Then I had a rethink.
|Available from Abe Books|
Housework is an intellectually undemanding task. We may feel resentful about having the lioness's share loaded into our hands and then perhaps we make ourselves feel better by laughing at the ineptitude of men when it comes to the domestic. "He may be Mr. Big, Chief Executive of Worldwide Stuff and Important Things, but he wouldn't be able to get out the door without me tying his shoelaces."
|From Sussex University|
Feminists adapted Marx's thinking in developing the campaign Wages for Housewives. This remains a Utopian rather than realistic political project, although as more families are based on a dual income, more are buying in domestic support. This will probably slowly lead to a financial value being placed on what has for generations been an invisible service; it is 'wages for housework' at least although there is often a wife who is organising the paid housework and childcare in an unpaid managerial capacity.
When I looked at the list I produced for the Fella, I did think it was similar to the kind of list the Fella might have to give me if I were to do his job for a few days. We work in the same field and I have considerable research and teaching experience so you might expect me to know how to teach his students and manage his junior researchers. However, I would appreciate some notes explaining the detail of particular modules and projects I would be keeping an eye on for him. Is housework work which ought to be paid for too, then?
I think the main reason housework still isn't being paid for is that women don't want money for working to maintain the home and family. What women want, to answer Freud's famous question, in return for often repetitive, sometimes dull and frequently exhausting labour provided 24/7, is respect.