MeFi: The Invisible Workload That Drags Women Down

Like much of the feminized work done more often by women than men, thinking, worrying, paying attention, and delegating is work that is largely invisible (warning: autoplay video), gets almost no recognition, and involves no pay or benefits.

“I am the person,” wrote Ellen Seidman, a wife and mother of three, “who notices we are running out of toilet paper.”

[Susan] Walzer found that women do more of the intellectual, mental, and emotional work of childcare and household maintenance. … Even when their male partners “helped out” by doing their fair share of chores and errands, it was the women who noticed what needed to be done. She described, in other words, exactly the kind of work that Seidman’s poem captures so well.

Previously:

Emotional Labor (a selection):

the emotional labor thread, circa ’87

Emotions are Work

The Epic Thread

Lisa Wade:

This is the moment my parents dressed me up as a footballer and turned me gay.

“The problem stems not from there being ‘too much’ casual sex on campus but from the overall dissatisfaction with sex on campus and the lack of alternatives.”

The Balancing Act of Being Female; Or,

agree to pretend that the balls just aren’t there

Ellen Seidman: iPadGate

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