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Combining Family & Career

The Double Burden of Career & Housework

We all know there are no days off in parenting—and research shows just how hard moms are working. A study released by Welch’s looked at 2,000 American moms of kids between five and 12 years old, and found the average hours moms work per week is 98. As in the equivalent of two-and-a-half full-time jobs.

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(a) Holding a full-time job is demanding, hard-work.

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(b) Caring for house, hubby, and heirs is demanding, hard work and a full-time job.

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Studies show:
Men do (a) and contribute little to (b). Women do (a) and the majority of (b).

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Men have been privileged to focus on (a) because they can rely on some woman to step-in and do (b) for them.

Women still have to do both and cannot rely on anyone to step-in and do (b) for them.

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Cultural Advantage: Men.
Cultural Handicap: Women.

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Men have no more right to crow to women about their “success” in the business world, and how that success is derived from their superior “attachment” to their work, than a fighter who has beaten an opponent with his hands tied behind his back.

A double burden (AKA double day, second shift, or double duty) is the workload many women face while working to earn money while also carrying the burden of an outsized share of responsibility for domestic labor.

Learn more about the Double Burden that modern women face.

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Combining Family & Career

The Wife: A Valuable Adaptation For Work/Life Balance

Behind every great man, there is a great woman

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Wife:
A critical evolutionary development which allowed the male of the species to successfully avoid the question:

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“How do you do it – combine a family with a career?”

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Unfortunately, this valuable adaptation has mutated and seems to have developed a mind of its own.

While the origin is unknown, the first printed citation of “behind every great man, there’s a great women,” is from a Texas Newspaper when quoting Meryll Frost, a Canadian-born football player, who uttered these words after he was awarded the “Most Courageous Athlete of the Year” in 1946.

While I’m not a great man, there’s a great woman behind me.

Meryll Frost

This shows beyond a reasonable doubt that over 75 years ago, there were people that believed in gender equality. That is the inspiration for our next comic …

By the 1960s and 1970s the women’s feminism adopted the slogan: “Behind every great man is an even greater woman.”

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Catch-22 (Snatch-22)

Dogs vs Cats

If the world were cats and dogs, with dogs on top, what would happen? What canine rationalizations would be used to inferiorize, humiliate, and discriminate against cats?

If the world were cats and dogs, with dogs on top, the dogs would pontificate: Cats can’t write great literature because they don’t eat vomit – they’re not concerned with the truly big issues.

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Cats can’t create art, or do science or math, because they don’t
know how to roll in garbage.

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Dogs should never be in submission to cats because cats don’t
properly sniff each other’s butts.
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Gender Bias in Science

Biology – slave of patriarchy?

Because of a fluke of evolution, most males must “mount” a female. This means the male is “on top of” the female.

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Interesting how a mere physical position, in what is often a few seconds long encounter, only one tiny activity in an animal’s life-time of activities, has come to be seen as justification for male dominance.

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Even more interesting is how Science, which prides itself on its neutrality, so often uses sexist, patriarchal language.

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Indeed, Science is too often the worst offender in the use of this word-play which maintains the sexual status quo.

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Word-play which perpetuates the missionary position which defines our culture – men on top.

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Gender Bias in Science

“Please, please, can we?”, is NOT dominance.

A science text talks about roosters using courting moves to coax hens into submission to copulation.

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Interesting how supposedly “neutral” science is so skewed towards seeing male dominance and female submission.

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Since he won’t be getting any without her cooperation, wouldn’t it be more appropriate to say roosters use their courting moves to coax hens into providing permission for copulation?
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Women in the Arts

Man = Artist | Woman doing same thing = Dilettante

Men are composers.

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Women are singer-songwriters.

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Men are artistes – they are virtuosos and professionals.
Women doing the same thing are dilettantes – they have crafts and hobbies.
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Combining Family & Career

Options Which Are Not Options?

Mother kneeling with child
According to a study done by Salary.com, a full-time stay-at-home mom works 96 hours/week.

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A working mom can expect to put-in nearly 100 hours per week.

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A woman’s options:

Worked to death regardless of her choice.

According to Welch’s, the average mom gets going around 6:23 a.m. and the work doesn’t stop until 8:31 p.m. (And, for many of us, that sounds like a good day.)

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Logical Phallusies

Dress Charade

Ladies!

Go to a war museum and check-out those uniforms!



Gold frills, lace, chains, high collars picked-out in precious metals, silk scarves, silver and mother of pearl buttons, bright colours!



Poufy feathers on even poufier hats, spiffy high black leather boots with higher heels, slinky riding crops!



Bejewelled weapons, tight pants, ornate jackets. More recently, dashing khaki, and sexy camouflage, expertly tailored to reveal manly bulges.



All littered with pendants, ribbons, tiny embroidered or enamelled flags and stars, and of course, lots of shiny medals.



The macho military male has been the Mr. Dress-Up of history.

Yet men whine about women and their obsession with fashion.

For a visual feast of male pouffery, you may wish to look at this book …

Visual Encyclopedia of Military Uniforms Paperback – Sept. 19 2011

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Gender Bias in Science

The Irony of PMS

The level of the female hormone, estrogen, is lowest in a woman just before she menstruates.

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Isn’t that ironic? If PMS exists, it occurs when we have the least amount of female hormones in our bodies, when we are the least female.

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When we’re the most like males … hmmmmmm …

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Catch-22 (Snatch-22)

Regarding Your Opinion

I do not wish to hear YOUR opinion of:

☐ How I should behave.
☐ How I should think.
☐ What I should wear.
☐ My education choices.
☐ Whom I should love.
☐ My sexual options.
☐ Whom I should marry.
☐ Whether I should have children.
☐ Whether I may work.
☐ What work I may do.
☐ What I should do with my life.

I am not a slave.
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You are not my master.