You may remember a time when our bathrooms looked like a segregated zone. As newlyweds, we had ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ embroidered towels displayed like artwork. That meant ‘he’ was to keep his paws off ‘hers.’ (or mine) It was a fad. The problem was it confused the guests. Where were they to wipe their hands?
My husband will attest to my hollering when his dad came to visit. “Tell him not to touch the towels! They are for looks!”
“Is the soap and TP for looks too? Should we go to the filling station down the road?” lol
The distinct roles of the sexes was cut and dry.
In the fifties, I came home from school to find my mother dressed in her crisp apron, and juggling her domestic ‘duties.’ …. Tra la la. Men were the breadwinners, and the women were ‘homemakers’ who baked the bread.
It was plain to see there were ‘his and hers’ duties and if asked to help with housework, men protested loudly. “That is WOMAN’S WORK!” Domestic “duties” such as, laundry, ironing, cooking, washing dishes, changing diapers, or making the bed.
I worked with a woman, named Lois, who juggled all the above with her career. Every Monday she came to work looking as frazzled and frayed as if she had wrestled a mountain lion. (true story-names changed tho).
“Chester got on my last nerve!” she said. Started out—I made out the weekly grocery list as I always do after cleaning the whole house!. Chester waited in the car so he could smoke cigarettes and stay warm while I shopped. We get home, Chester conveniently rushes inside (to get warm) while I lug in all the groceries and proceed to put them away!
Chester yells from the next room (as he is surfing channels). .. “What is for lunch Lois? I’m famished!”
In his usual groan he asks: "Why don't you ever tell me when there is food stuck in my teeth!" .... Arrrgh!
(Of course Lois found ways to ‘get even.’ Lol
I appreciate you stopping by today! And would you say we as women have come LONG way?
P.S. My husband gets a pass because he got right in and changed diapers, gave baby a bath, and is not afraid of dishpan hands---Plus he is a good cook and cooks most the dinners.(He is not fond of mopping though--But he makes up for it w/ all the other things he does) .... Working as a team has kept our marriage happy and strong.