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What IS Women’s Work? May 19, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor.
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Wikipedia ~ Vacuum Cleaner (in Public Domain)

Janna’s recent post about the division of labor in marriages, Compromise: Coercion’s Civilized Cousin, reminded me of the time  we went shopping for a new vacuum cleaner.

BFF does the vacuuming ~ it was going to be HIS new toy.

* He did ALL the talking.

* He asked ALL the questions.

* He said he wanted to take a model for a “test drive.”

The FEMALE saleslady plugged in the machine, turned it on, and started to hand it to me.

I threw up my hands in mock horror and laughed, “Don’t hand it to me!  I don’t know how to vacuum.”

She got visibly annoyed and said with biting intensity, “You just said you wanted to try it.”

I laughed, “No, I didn’t . . . HE did.  I’m just here as a detached observer.”

No rules.  Just write!

What about you?

Any favorite stories about “assigned gender roles” or “women’s work”?

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