Lisa G. sent in a photo she took of side-by-side stories in Metro, a free newspaper in Toronto, that ran back in May. The headlines alone reinforce common expectations about gender, housework, and leisure time, and I submit them to you without further comment:
Lynda — August 21, 2011
i think men should have cleaning tips. they need them.
Rosemary CG — August 21, 2011
I still fail to grasp exactly what a "man-cave" is, and I've had several people try to explain it to me. All I picture is a treehouse with a "no girls allowed" sign, and nothing I've been told has convinced me that's an inaccurate metaphor.
Liamaria — August 21, 2011
It would have been SO fucking easy to write both of these articles in a non-gendered way. Women need caves, men need to clean. Ridiculous
Preserves Enthusiast — August 21, 2011
The sub-headlines are even more fascinating:
"# How to outfit your room to give it the right amount of testosterone # 10 things that will make it yours"
"# A new book includes tips on how to make homemaking cool again # It features an entire chapter on preserving household food # And some other ways to feel that domesticated bliss"
Apparently it's important for men to make a section of the house "theirs" (and to manly it up, of course,) while it's important for women to shove food into jars, which will somehow make everybody in the house more pleasant?
Anonymous — August 21, 2011
Also, the articles are written for "men" and "girls."
Lisa G — August 21, 2011
Links to the articles for the interested:
MissPrism — August 22, 2011
The man cave one states that while of course a man needs a room large enough for a pool table and an oversized couch, stuffed with electronics, it would be a very bad thing for "your lady" to have "a place to knit quietly".
I don't know quite what to say to that.
Anonymous — August 22, 2011
"Hip girls cook and clean"? Do the rest of us live in pigsties or what?
Anonymous — August 22, 2011
Oh, and the notion that a man can actually take up a whole room for himself just for the lolz of it. I was born into a family of the upper middle class and we moved into a new home just so that me and my brother could have our own rooms - mind telling me who has so much extra space that a whole room can find a new purpose just like that?
Raina — August 22, 2011
Metro content is re-purposed from the Toronto Star "24 Hours is from that despicable rag, the Sun. What, exactly, they get from competing with themselves with a free newspaper is unclear.
edumacated — August 24, 2011
I'm a woman and I need a whole house to myself nevermind a room. Luckily I married a man who doesn't buy into this sort of stuff. They exist. Trust me.
tenderhooligan — August 28, 2011
I feel about this the same way I feel when I walk down a toy aisle and see the kitchen sets that are marketed to little girls and the action men that are targeted to little boys: a mixture of sadness and tedium.
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YouKnoMe — March 12, 2012
If a "man" needs a "man-cave" in the first flippin place that means that said "man" isnt ready for a relationship in the second place. One is supposed to share their lives with their mate. No such thing as ~me~ time unless the other person is at the store or at work. Just sayin.
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