Being a country lady, I was raised that the way to do things was "be practical and find the best person to do the job". I've been accused of being anti-feminist because I now play the old-fashioned ( including all the housework, ironing, etc.), housewife role. This perplexes me because when I was single, I got my annual 5 cords of wood using my own Husqvarna chainsaw, split it myself with the help of my daughters; bucked my own hay; serviced the swamp cooler, did my own oil-changes, tune-ups, snaked sewer drains myself, etc., and I was a 5'2", size 3-5. Now I'm married and I'm more than happy to let the big guy do the tough chores, he's got the size, weight & strength to make the work look easy. And IMO, and yes, this is an incendiary one, SORRY IN ADVANCE, I think that women's sexual liberation has hurt women but benefited men - a middle-aged woman is still so easily replaced nowadays both in the workforce, and in relationships/marriage; it SHOULDN"T be that way, but society still places emphasis on looks, hence all the plastic surgeries, quest for diets that make our figures look more youthful,etc. I am saddened at how often incredibly talented, experienced, agreeable women who were laid-off or took a buy-out during company mergers are passed over for the youthful ones again & again (these are cases that I have personal knowlege of). It happens in the restaurants, too, when you compare tip-averages; cute bimbos can often make more buck than the attentive, effiecient mom-type for the same amount of effort ( I'm the mom type that worked twice as hard to keep my average sales & tips at the top - I had kids, horses,cats to provide for). One other thing that always yanked my chain
- in the restaurant where I worked, we had a guy-waiter sucessfully challenge to be allowed to be a cocktail-server (the only male), he wasn't good looking or even that efficient (based on his sales average) yet his tip-average was wayyy above even our most "hot babe" female cocktail server's; goes to show us that we need to raise our boys and girls to appreciate women more!