Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The "Role" of Being a Wife

     Throughout the past few decades, society has been gradually advancing in terms of providing equal rights, freedoms, and having a general sense of open-mindedness. In particular, equality for women has become a lot more prevalent. However, I feel that there is still quite a ways to go for the future. The in-class article - "Why I Want a Wife" was interesting to me for this reason. Whilst this piece was written by an author who spent a large portion of her life when sexism was more apparent, her points are still alarmingly related to what society experiences today.

     What I particularly liked about this article, was the fact that the author used satire to present her arguments. Rather than merely pointing at things and placing evidence behind each one, she would almost exaggerate each point to emphasize her message. I enjoyed the fact that the title of the article "Why I Want a Wife" is very specific to the idea of what defines a "wife". Rather than listing certain characteristics and attaching them to a man while still upholding the title of a "husband", the author chooses to delve into what it means to be a "wife". A wife isn't just the name you place upon a married woman; a wife is a role, a character, an archetype. A wife cooks, cleans, bores children, hosts parties, sexually satisfies her husband, looks after every little task that needs to be done, all while making sure that she looks pretty.

     Fortunately in this day and age, the role of being a "wife" has become a lot more flexible. Women aren't expected to stay at home and look after the children all day. However, I don't think it would be accurate to say that they are expected to fit the role of a husband.