As a task oriented individual, there is a part of me that secretly hates the Women’s Liberation Movement and what it has brought to my life. I like clear cut lines of communication. I like knowing who’s doing what.
Women’s lib has mucked up those lines.
Tell me, as a woman, is it my duty to cook and clean or earn the bucks and take out the trash?
The lines were not blurred in my parents’ household. I knew exactly what Mum was responsible for and exactly what Dad was responsible for. And that is what I love about pre-Women’s Liberation Movement.
The truth is I don’t want to turn back the clock and I don’t take for granted what women before me have fought for.
I am grateful that I am respected in business. I like the fact that I am able to use my brain as much as I’d like outside the home and there really is no limit to where I choose to go in life.
But I still find it all a bit confusing.
Because I am task oriented.
And I don’t feel right not cooking. And I don’t feel right not doing the grocery shopping. And I don’t feel right not washing the clothes and doing the ironing.
I want to do those things as well as going to work, 8am – 5pm.
But I don’t want to paint, and I don’t want to take out the garbage, and I don’t want to take the bottles to the recycle depot. That’s a man’s job.
The thing is, there is no “man’s job” or “woman’s job” anymore. And by God I wish there was. But men are confused and so are women.
That’s the part of the Women’s Liberation Movement that really bothers this task oriented individual.
At the end of the day, I just want things done.
Is that such a crime Germaine?