Getting beyond ‘woman’s work’ vs. ‘man’s work’

There was a time in my life when I felt I was missing out on experiencing what I thought was the conventional view of raising a family with a husband and a wife, children and a home. This view represented security, stability, and comfort to me.   

I’d been raised in a typical household of its time, where it was the woman’s job to wash the dishes, do the laundry, cook the meals, and in general take care of the more common aspects of running a household. The man, in turn, would take out the trash, mow the lawn, shovel snow, repair anything broken, and take the car to be serviced when needed. Although this was something of a generalization, it was formulated in my thinking at a young age, and I willingly learned those tasks associated with woman’s work and generally avoided the ones that I was taught should be done by men, preparing for a day when I would be married and have a husband to do them.

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