Here is hope for all the homemakers out there who feel themselves attacked by others, sometimes even their own family, which is very frustrating. As the society is getting more liberal, it becomes increasingly tolerating to "alternative" lifestyles, including, incredibly enough, the families with the traditional division of labour.
So here is an excerpt from an advice column in an American newspaper:
My sister lives across the country. She has been married for 33 years.
They've raised two daughters who are now adults, but she's been living
the most boring life ever!
I don't know how she could be happy
doing nothing but cooking and cleaning for all these years. And then she
has the nerve to criticize me for not having enough time in my day,
when she has no clue what it's like to work full time.
There is more in the same style, including this:
I've asked her to
write me a list of what she does all day. I've sent her lists of what I
manage to accomplish in the three hours I have in my home, but she has
declined to provide her list.
It's actually a typical line of attack, accusing a homemaker of doing nothing the whole day.
However, the advice the lady gets is not exactly what she expected, as Amy very bluntly tells her she was being rude and needs to apologise to her sister for criticising her choices:
She doesn't owe you or anyone else an explanation or justification for the choices she has made.
also doesn't need to provide you a list of her daily activities so that
you can pick it apart, looking for holes in her schedule. Your demands —
and your assumptions about her — are disrespectful.
You see, placing individual choices above everything else has it's positive side, too! Like my mother told me recently, it's the current year, you can be anything you want!
Read the whole exchange over here . H/t to Aaron Clarey