Persuasive Essay Chores
(“He won’t do the little things he always did because you’re now a ‘Liberated Woman,’ right? Dishwashers, washing machines, and vacuum cleaners rendered clean-up a cinch.
An iconic poster created in 1971 by the feminist artist Virtue Hathaway neatly summed up this position: a woman with long hair stands holding a broken broom, with the words “Women’s liberation” wispily written around her dress.
Above her, in black, Old English lettering, are the words “Fuck Housework.”For other feminists, such as Pat Mainardi of “The Politics of Housework,” domestic labor was seen as a necessary evil.
It was drudgery, to be sure, but drudgery that still needed to be done by both men women, splitting the burden equally.
Alix Kates Shulman, another member of Redstockings who had helped organize a protest of the 1968 Miss America pageant, took this adjudication one step further.
In her 1970 essay “A Marriage Agreement,” originally published in the women’s liberation magazine, Shulman outlined an extensive breakdown of how she and her husband split the domestic labor, detailing how everything from shopping to cleaning to booking babysitters and calling doctors could be equitably split between spouses.