Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Post - Apocalyptic Feminism

"take away her mop and broom,
treat her to a jacuzzi room"

That was what a sign said outside a hotel on the way up to college.
My first job after college was for a consulting firm that did a lot of business in the North Country and I would pass that sign every couple months.
Oh, would it infuriate me.
My post college self could not wrap its head around the concept.
Take away her mop and broom ...
Of all the male dominated, chauvinistic society things to say.

Post College Self: "insert angry comments about how it is not the woman's place to do all the sweeping, mopping, cleaning and maybe something about how no self respecting woman would be thankful for being rewarded for cleaning up after you."


And, now.

Gosh, doesn't that sound just lovely ...

No mop. No broom.
Maybe a good book.
A nice soak in a jacuzzi.

Post children self would appreciate the gesture.

(note post children self backtracking on above argument ... )
It's not like I enjoy cleaning.
It just has to be done.
And, as mom, and a stay-at-home one (more or less), my home has become work.
And, I really do love my job.
And, a vacation from any job (especially one with a gigantic jacuzzi) is nice.


I'm just not the same person I was 10 years ago.

Consider me Jen Version 2.0 - same great Jen, but a bit more user friendly.