Lori shares this fake story today with what she calls true facts as to how women are. This is a part of it:
“Sue and Jim have been married for fifteen years. They have four children ages six, eight, ten, and twelve. Sue is a stay-at-home wife. She is a rebellious wife. She doesn’t keep the home clean. She doesn’t fix Jim meals after he gets home from working ten hard hours at work trying to provide a living for his family. She doesn’t do his laundry. She hasn’t given him sex for six years, since the last child was conceived. She uses foul language often and is a very bitter woman towards Jim.”
I am not going to really talk about her post, but in reading it the line I bolded made me think of something. Wow, the poor guy. Having to work 10 hard hours! In the life of a sahm we have to work 24/7 basically. We are always “on” so to speak. This made me realize that godly women, traditionalists, etc, really devalue woman’s work at home when men are always puffed up to be catered to left and right for their 10 or so hours they put into provide (10 hours that is with break and lunch times and not to mention the commute where you can unwind). While on the other hand if a woman wants the slightest of break or time for herself or simply the luxury of having a hot meal or a peaceful poop for her 15-24 hours, it is deemed selfish. He may be working hard to provide but she is also working hard to raise his children? Doesn’t that count for anything? It implies his 10 hard hours are valuable and hers are not. As if her hours aren’t hard, which further fosters the stereotype that staying at home consists of laying around on the couch all day watching TV.
Men are suppose to be the stronger sex, but I am not so sure if 10 hours really just wipes them out.
If women are really doing something wonderful in staying home, raising children, homeschool, etc. that amount of work needs to be recognized just as women recognize men’s work.