Exploring Patriarchy – Chapter 16
Men-OH-Pause give your wives a break don’t get up and leave them to wash up the plates. They’re on their feet before every meal cooking and washing and keeping the home clean. They won’t cook once daily ‘cos you want your meals fresh and I think you know that they really need some rest. Women-OH-Pause just stop and think are busy lifestyles driving your family to the brink? Long working hours and fancy vacations when you all need rest and can have a lazy low-budget stay-cation? Men do some housework. It will keep you fit And your blood sugar levels might even come down a bit. Women slow down before you get older set routines that will support you and keep family together. People make time. Slow down the pace so you have memories that will put a smile on your face.
Note: I have referred alternately to men and women but by no means mean these are gender specific topics. As we all know, these lifestyle issues can affect all humans irrespective of gender.
MM had been a home-manager who didn’t understand that roles within the family needed to extend to creating a support system for when she needed rest or care. But she was learning.
She felt drawn to minimalism and a less cluttered life. She had always felt that society has a perceived value for money and things that far exceeds their actual utility, and their ability to create security and bring happiness.
It is impossible to move to complete equality in one generation. But some flexibility in gender roles could equip men with the skills needed to bring ease, and support rest and wellness in women.
MM felt one needed to PAUSE. Evaluate ones lifestyle. Cut clutter. And explore ideas that can bring change within barriers that are comfortable for all. And that’s what she did.
I invite you to read all chapters of Exploring Patriarchy and walk with Microwave Madam as she explores the impact of patriarchy on her life and on society. And looks for solutions.