To: Jim Noble
Both are true (your propositions are not mutually exclusive), although I would dispute the term "oppress".
The term "oppress" generally means to impose burdens without compensating benefits. My job does not oppress me: I have to spend lots of time at it, but I get paid. If I was forced to work at it without payment, then it would be oppression. My point is: did patriarchy generated benefits to women that exceeded the costs to women? I think it did.
My point is: did patriarchy generated benefits to women that exceeded the costs to women? I think it did.
Look at it another way. What is known as "women's work" or chores is mundanely repetitive. And most of it is somewhat thankless. That doesn't change that it still needs to be done. Imagine someone comes along and says "why are you doing that thankless job? you deserve help. There's more to life than this. Men have all the fun." It's seductive, a siren's call. Women love to be seduced. That's part of what happened. It was a sales pitch.
I hear this kind of thing all the time, and I'm not married, but I'd rather do the tasks myself. Spend a good two hours cleaning the house and you don't need to go to the gym. Just keep moving...
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