Katie Baker, writing at Jezebel has noted something interesting about interns who work for no pay: they’re the new housewives of the corporate world! Neat!
And by housewife, of course she means “highly motivated, dedicated, autonomous, self-directed, multi-tasking and with a skill set of astonishing range and flexibility”.
Oh wait. No she doesn’t. By housewife, she means “compliant, silent, submissive and obedient”.
I had to run that one by Mr. JB. His response? “Shit honey, you’re doing it wrong”.
Leaving aside, for the moment, the issue of unpaid internships, what is up with all this housewife hate at Jezebel? Could it be that the Shrews of Gawker media have sensed a change in the air? Check out this comment from Hannali:
Just wanna point out that all of the housewives I know are strong, intelligent, competent women. I’m not sure where this myth came from that all housewives are doormats. Quite frankly, it’s a lie. Are there men that abuse their stay-at-home wives? Yes, but that doesn’t mean that all stay-at-home wives are abused. This stereotype has been around for far too long. I am eighteen years old, in college, with my own job, and yet my dream job is still to be a stay-at-home mom. Nothing would make me happier than to love, to nurture, and to make a home for my family. It makes me sad that society trashes the concept.
Young women like Hannali must scare the bejeebus out of an older generation of feminists. Yesterday we had Sabrina saying “fuck off slut culture” and today we have Hannali, whose ambition in life is to love and make a home for her family.
The pendulum swings back, as it always does. Let’s do an attitude check, shall we? What did British men and women say they valued most in a spouse?
Oh my! Ladies doing housework and men earning money? Alert the presses! According to Forbes Magazine, opting out is the new dream for American mothers, too. According to the annual Forbes survey of working mothers, “ 84% of working women say that staying home to raise children is a financial luxury they aspire to”.
I wonder if that 84% knows that once they become housewives, they will also have to be silent, submissive and obedient?
It’s interesting, isn’t it, that Jezebel likes to portray housewives as some horrifying caricature of femininity stuck halfway between a character out of Les Miserables and an antebellum slave. When 84% of women surveyed by Forbes ASPIRE to be housewives, where can this caricature come from?
I think Simone de Beauvoir said it best: “No woman should be authorized to stay at home to raise her children. Society should be totally different. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one.”
Now, who is it again that wants women to be silent, submissive and obedient? Was it the patriarchy, which understood that women do not like to be parted from their children and created a society that kept families together as a functioning unit, or feminism, that also understands women do not like to be parted from their children BUT DOESN’T GIVE A FUCK WHAT WOMEN WANT?
Shut up, sit down and take it. Yeah?
Well fuck you Simone de Beauvoir and fuck you feminism. Also, fuck you unpaid interns. Get a degree in something that actually gives you some skills and hey guess what? People will PAY YOU MONEY.
And Hannali, if you’re gonna keep reading trash like Jezebel, I hope you even it out with some JudgyBitch.
nolite te bastardes carborundorum
Don’t let the bitches grind you down.
Lots of love,