Having been raised in a Western culture, I quickly empathised with the young woman and felt disgusted at how she was being treated. Then, as we continued watching, my wife kindly mentioned that, in a way, my loose attitude towards housework and childcare also was a kind of sexism 😳
I swallowed the pill. Tried to counterattack. Reflected. And ultimately agreed 😌
For context. We are ex-pats living in London. We both have demanding jobs and a 1.5-year-old daughter. No extended family around. It is fun. We survived the pandemic. It is also hard work.
Now, while I mildly participate in the list of tasks needed to keep our household going (cooking, washing clothes, buying groceries, tidying up the house), my contribution doesn’t share the same level of responsibility. The relentless force that runs our family home relies on my wife.
The movie helped me to scrub the surface of my own assumed values about gender equality. I would recommend any of you to watch the film
and consider where you line lies on housework matters.
Thanks for reading,