An Analysis Of Cleaning: The Final Feminist Frontier

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Many people have different feelings about cleaning. I need my area to be clean to be able to focus, so I like to clean unless I am told to clean. Cleaning makes me feel peaceful and keeps my head on straight and helps me feel more in charge. Some people don’t like to clean and that is alright. When it comes to cleaning, it’s really about whatever makes the person feel good; but every adult needs to be able to clean up after himself or herself and those he or she provides for. In Cleaning: The Final Feminist Frontier, Jessica Grose starts her article with an anecdote describing, how her father-in-law was coming to visit after being shut-in their apartment during Hurricane Sandy, and Grose had to tell her husband to help clean up for their visitor.…show more content…
She brings up statistics of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics quoting that 55% of mothers that also work full time go home and do some housework on an average day, while only 18% of full time employed fathers do some housework on an average day (1). Grose then furthers her point by adding that “even in the famously gender neutral Sweden, women do 45 minutes more housework a day than their male partners” (2). Another statement that strengthened Grose’s argument was from her interview with David Michael Perez (publisher and editor of Kindling Quarterly) that even if a man does more decorating and cleaning (as he does), the wife will receive the reward or credit…show more content…
I believe men and women should be able to care for themselves and those they provide for. Adults should not be able to be considered adults until after they can cook for themselves and clean after themselves (and those they provide for.) I agree with the solution that Jessica Grose is also inclined to pick, Jenny Anderson says household “tasks should be divided up according to the economic theory of comparative theory” (4) meaning that if the wife is twice as good at one task and only a smaller amount better at second task, the husband should always do the second task. The solution for women lowering their filth thresholds is my least favorite solution as I am someone who wants something cleaned and cleaned completely or it isn’t
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