A look into the private life of Model and Professional Badass: Reverend Arielle. Join her and some of her best lady friends as they attempt to change our perception of the "housewife" as being a submissive status, showing the empowerment of running a household, and transcending being a "mere housewife" and into being a Domestic Goddess!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
This is such an insightful article!
I found this article on yahoo and I just couldn't wait to share it! A lot of the things mentioned in the article about how women (definitely a Domestic Goddess) work compared to how men work is some of the exact same stuff that I talk about in this blog! Yes it is a shame that women have to not only work nowadays but take care of the home as well because most men just won't do it. The article was exactly right when they described this as a "learned helplessness" on the part of men.
But don't take my word for it! Read it for yourself!
American Women Crushed for Time: Have Themselves to Blame? (Study)
According to a new survey of more than 3,000 women conducted by Real Simple magazine and the Families and Work Institute (FWI),
at least 50% of women say they don't have enough free time and more
than 60% feel guilty spending what little time they do have on
themselves. Surprisingly, 68% claim that work doesn't interfere with
their personal lives. The full results are published in the April 2012
issue of the magazine.
Martha A., a former television producer who is now a freelance writer
and stay-at-home mom, puts it this way, "When I had an office job, I
felt my free time had to be spent on my kids, husband, and the house.
Now that I'm at home, I feel guilty because of the nagging sense I don't
deserve spending time on myself." Meanwhile, according to an executive
summary of the survey, women see their lack of free time as the "main
obstacle to achieving happiness."
At a panel discussion on the study, Ellen Galinsky, president of the
FWI, said "Its like the new clean plate club." In addition to working
and taking care of the kids, women feel they can't relax until all the
household chores are complete. While the average husband's to do list
encompasses two main jobs: repairs and yard work, the average wife's
list contains at least eleven items from cooking, to cleaning, to
managing household finances. "Your husband isn't going to say, 'You look
really busy, you should have some free time,'" adds Galinsky.
Even though more men than ever are willing to participate in childcare
and housework, women are loathe to delegate. Forty-five percent of women
who say their partners have equally high standards refuse to cede
control of tasks such as organizing and de-cluttering. "I love
delegating," laughs Dida F., an accountant, "The question is will they
actually do it? At the end of the day, I end up with doing the work."
Panel member Ruth Davis Konigsberg, editor of TIME Ideas,
feels that women cling to their sense of authority in the domestic
sphere and also acknowledges that men are great at "learned
helplessness." Her solution? She advises women to walk away from chores
they don't want to do. "It might not get done the way you want it to,"
she warns, "so, don't get upset about it." Panelist Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,
says she knows what she's good at and has figured out that "she's bad
at a lot of things," including cooking and "anything to do with
aesthetics." This allows her to let go of a number of household tasks.
"It's liberating to realize what you can't do."
Chua adds that she "outsources chores right up to her income level."
However, one of the survey's most surprising findings is that nearly 50%
of women wouldn't hire household help if they could afford it and
nearly 75% wouldn't hire additional childcare. While many working women
feel emotionally tortured about not spending enough time with their
children, research shows that even though women's labor force rates have
gone up dramatically the last fifty years, women today actually spend
on average four hours more a week on child care then they did
in 1965. Emily B., mother of six-year-old twins and a university
professor reassures others moms, "My children go to an after school
program and I would be a very unhappy person, and thus an inferior
mother, if they didn't."
So, how did women get themselves into this bind? One issue is that
women fill so many different roles, they can always find an example of
someone succeeding in ways that they aren't. Stay-at-home moms may feel
insecure because they don't hold down paid jobs, and busy working moms
cringe when another mother supplies homemade cupcakes for a kid's school
birthday. Panelist Claire Shipman, ABC news correspondent, says it also
goes back to the way girls are brought up. "Girls are raised to be
perfect," she says. "Women are capable of being right most of the time,
but at what cost?" Shipman advises women to focus on being "good
enough." When you make the inevitable mistake? "Don't dwell, it's a
waste of time. Move on."
The executive summary recommends that women get comfortable with
delegating and actively scheduling in free time. And leisure time
doesn't mean a multitasking mess of watching TV, checking emails, and
folding laundry simultaneously. Konigsberg describes this as
"contaminated free time" which does little to lower unhealthy stress
levels and restore one's equilibrium. Merele B., a real estate broker,
advises women to schedule in "me-time" on the family calendar. "I write
down everything I want to do for myself just like the children's
appointments and events. From exercise to manicures, nothing stands in
the way, unless it's a serious emergency."
Galinsky recommends shifting one's mindset. "Many women see life as a
marathon, but a better model is weight lifting." After working hard you
need time to rest and recover. Real Simple reports that by maintaining
the current paradigm, "Women are losing the opportunity to re-energize
and bring real benefit to their lives."