That's no fun
When someone called me from Blogadda telling there’s an activity running on it called, “Is laundry only a woman's job?” and if I would like to participate, the first thing that came to my mind was an incident that irritated me the most. I have been thinking about writing about it and now by seeing the statistics by AC Nielsen, I think I should write about it since it proved right from my experience.
I have always felt some kind of (sometimes passive)gender bias everywhere except my home. But when I came to know that women are treated in equal even at their home I felt really bad. I was once traveling with my colleagues and while chit chatting, one guy asked everyone which washing machine is better within his budget which he specified. He continued telling that his sister got married and his mom is all alone so he don't want her to do his works too and so he wanted to buy a washing machine since it would at least lessen her laundry work at home. Spontaneously, the other guys who were already married gave him a suggestion,hearing which I was all shocked. And their suggestion was, “ If laundry is your problem,why do you need a washing machine ? You just get married know?. Then the girl will do not only the laundries but all your house hold chores too. He He! Even if there are machines it's women who need to use it. See our dresses are washed and ironed by our wives. We never wash our clothes!”
Their wives wash and iron for them coz they consider their husbands work as their own and do it out of love and not because that women are born for doing laundries and other house hold works. Men who eat in plates can wash it themselves and one who wear clothes can wash and iron it for themselves. As the survey reports most men consider it as women's work and 77% of Indian men depend on women for doing the laundry and then boast themselves being independent. How ridiculous!!!
Ariel’s survey conducted by AC Nielsen
I think it's women's fault too. At home by sharing our work not only lessen our household burden but also we are giving an opportunity for men to know how nice it would be to do their little tasks and being independent at household tasks. It will be the best understanding they can do to their office going wives. And if she is a home-maker too, she can do lot many creative things to cherish herself rather than getting buried under all these house hold activities and responsibilities if all those can be shared, at least a little. Doing one's own laundry or doing it for your loved one is not a thing that diminishes your quality or prestige. It's something commendable. Isn't it? And it's definitely not a task that requires a women's inborn abilities or is a women-only activity, rather it's a gender-friendly task which can be made more easy by working together.