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housewife [derogation]

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nb - i use the image above with irony!

 

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housewife

 

'A married [sic] woman whose main occupation is caring for her family, managing household affairs, and doing housework.'

 

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Housewife

 

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when did this term become a derogation?

 

Derogation: 'The perception or treatment of someone as being of little worth.'

 

when?

 

i certainly feel that it has become something of a derogation.

 

housewife

 

hasn't it?

 

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the 'feel' of the word seems somehow different now.

 

the conceptual 'weight' of the word has been altered.

 

it seems that to be described as a 'housewife' is now something to be looked upon as faintly embarrassing; as if a woman thus described is somehow 'less of a person' than a 'working mother'.

 

though of course 'working mother' [single mothers exempt] does suggest a certain tricky dichotomy.

 

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i feel capitalism [and consumerism] are the forces that have allocated new meaning to the word 'housewife'.

 

there was a time when one parent looking after a child/children full time was seen as a very positive thing.

 

what does this notion mean to capitalism and consumerism?

 

it means these people are basically worthless.

 

they do not earn [independently]. .

they do not buy [independently].

they do not consume [independently].

 

they are non-people in a consumerist society.

 

a capitalist/consumerist society naturally wants [in fact is driven to demand] every single person to be an independent earning and purchasing unit.

 

every person.

 

hence the shift in meaning of the word.

 

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housewife aside, consider the term househusband.

 

this feels like a term laden with effete and feminine associations.

 

it seems to cast doubt upon the very masculinity of any man referred to as a househusband.

 

is this an innate 'race memory' reaction?

 

or is the system in which we live changing social attitudes to suit the engines that drive it.

 

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the reasons are complex to say the least, but i feel that capitalism has radically altered the concept of any parent, irrespective of gender, raising children full time.

 

it has [quite wonderfully and naturally] co-opted and developed the 'work ethic' as a weapon to recruit ever more 'independent earning and purchasing units'.

 

capitalism is a perfect machine which has only one enemy.

 

itself.

 

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a question:

 

exactly what is wrong with a parent [irrespective of gender] wanting to attend to their child/childrens upbringing on a full time basis?

 

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forgive me for dealing with complex issues rather simplistically.

 

i still find the final question is one that is well worth asking.

 

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what's wrong with mother?

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Taken on November 29, 2010