Please, don't misunderstand her. The Matron longs for and heartily approves of a culture in which nobody is required to work 60 hours a week -- she's of the more leisurely European bent of substantial summer vacation or the reduced work week, for all. But in the current system and climate, the idea that the afore-linked book will actually help the majority of working women in this country? Puh-leeze.
But she understands the anxieties pulling the authors to their conclusions: women not only want more time with their children and extended families, they need more time because -- progress marches on but is not winning any races, folks -- most women still do more work on the homefront than men.
The Matron thinks that Historiann offers a better, more realistic solution -- the whole get a wife thing. And the nice part of this piece is that after the pithy punch line, hooking up wifely and all that, comes a real description of what sharing the Mother Lode (traditional female work) might look like.
The Matron, typing this post at a coffee shop while Scarlett is at yet another Theatrical Endeavor, was pleased to see that some - not allr -- that some elements of her marriage strongly resemble Historiann's vision. At this very moment, John will be returning home from the elementary school with Merrick where he will check in with Stryker about homework, and facilitate dinner.
But guess who still sends out all the birthday cards, knows where the dog leash is at all times, and thought to bring Scarlett jewelry-making wire just before she ran out? You know what she means here.
Here's where the Matron will go out on a limb. She thinks women who are wives/partners and mothers in heterosexual relationships downplay or diminish how much more domestic work they do than their partners precisely because men now do so much more than they ever have historically. And that's terrific. Everyone's relationship is all groundbreaking and celebratory in that regard, looking back. But looking forward? The Matron isn't satisfied, at least in her sample cohort of --- oh, all current sociological studies and her own critical mass of women folk. Most women shoulder the heavier domestic burden, even if their work/professional situation would warrant a lighter load and more equitable distribution.
Marching forward, friends. Marching forward.