Here is another example of how traditionalist devalue woman’s work, from Michael Pearl:
The one who comes home tired from a day’s work is entitled to the recliner until dinner is served. It is the one who says, “Why aren’t my socks in the drawer?” and “This house is a mess; what have you been doing all day?” The breadwinner decides what kind of bread to eat and whether or not spending is foolish or necessary.
The assumption here is that the work women do around the house all day isn’t work. At least not any work of value or that deserves a moment of relaxation. You have to come home and be tired from work to get the recliner. Staying in the home all day and being tired from the work of tending to multiple young children isn’t a real sort of tired. This furthers the myth that to be valuable you have to have a paycheck. Is it any wonder so many women want to go out into the world and earn a paycheck.
Not to mention the assumption here that they one who earns the paycheck gets the right to say negative and critical things. What if the house isn’t a mess? He is really playing up that women who stay at home are lazy and can’t do anything right.