Thursday, September 19, 2013

I Guess Drudgery Is Cleaning Your Own House

This Bloomberg article desperately wants to make good news out of the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Thus they delightfully report, "Unemployment data appear to reflect big advances for women. The jobless rate in August for females 20 years and older was 6.3 percent, the lowest since December 2008."

But the numbers showed something else too and, bless their hearts, the reporters at least admitted it; namely, "The downside is that the gains have been largely in lower-paying industries such as waitresses, in-home health care, food preparation and housekeeping."

So much for those "big advances for women."

And so much for women's liberation too.

After all, a key theme of secular feminism has been to decry the menial drudgery required of stay-at-home moms. However, those same feminists (loyal Democrats who support the present administration) are now forced to applaud women whose work is all about fixing and serving food, cleaning up, and taking care of kids.

Can you say, irony?

And yes, I'm reminded of the same line from GK Chesteron that you probably are; that is, his description of a feminist rally in his day: "Ten thousand women marched through the streets shouting, 'We will not be dictated to,' and went off and became stenographers."