SOC101Y1 Lecture Notes - Mento, The Feminine Mystique, Family Law

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Housework
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Who does house work?
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Why should we expect change to have happened in the domain of housework
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What did hochchild expect change to have happened?
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Why is it important if your interested in gender inequality?
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One of the first analysis in the feminist movement of domestic labour
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The feminine mystique is seen as the first feminist work which spoke about her isolated role as a
homemaker full time
We are studying it for that reason
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Domestic work has been assessed by many feminist analysts to be one of the sources of gender
inequality in our society
Cleans
Restors order to the house
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Meals eaten in 15 minutes, Order disrupted, Cleanliness disturbed
quickly. Not recognized until it is disturbed
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This work is often unmaid
Cooks
Today homemakers do not produce any material goods
These ideas came about after the industrial revolution when productive work left the
home
The role was "invented" or constructed in the 19th century
Usually managing a household meant doing productive work
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Women have not always been housewives
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Luxton:
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Cleaning house
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Monitoring household supplies, Budget
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Making Meals (took bulk of time)
Even this is complicated
All the various health needs of your family
Monitoring of what people like and don't like
Expected to be knowledgeable about what ingredients are going into the food being
eaten
Shopping is done at several places, balancing peoples schedules due to concerns
about how much portions to make
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Planning Meals
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Usually the responsibility of one person
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Paying Bills
Distinct from housework
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Childcare
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Women during interviews grossly underestimated their overall amount of work and the amount of
time it took to complete them
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A lot of the analysis of housework came out of the feminist movement, women who became
academic who were very interested in making this recognized as work
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Economists did not classify this as work but as consumption
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relations in which it happens
Feminists: lets take a look anyway?
Because it was entangled with your family relationships it couldn't be criticized
because it would seem heartless
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Its service work, a labour of love, care work.
We are able today to recognize it as work but as low status work
Because it is unpaid it is also invisible, low status
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This type of work is unpaid
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What is the nature of housework?
In the act of servicing other peoples needs you lose the ability to service your own needs?
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What is housework? And how is it connected to inequality?
Feb 9th 2010
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