Wifework Paperback – 3 Mar 2003
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"Lucid and witty" -- Marie Claire
"The self-appointed patron saint of home truths has done it again" -- Sunday Times
A radical new book. -- Zest
Funny, fast and angry -- Mail on Sunday
Susan Maushart offers a lusty cry against self-betrayal with marriage she is an honest polemicist -- TLS
About the Author
Susan Maushart was born in New York and emigrated to Australia in 1985. She is the author of THE MASK OF MOTHERHOOD which was published to international acclaim in 1999. She is a senior research associate at Curtin University, a columnist for the Australian Magazine and lives in Perth with her three children.
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The author goes beyond the kinds of unfairness and disillusionment wives and in particular new mothers experience as identified e.g. by Naomi Wolf in "Misconceptions". Susan Maushart points out again and again that it's not just the lion's share of the housework and childcare that women are doing (which we all know anyway), but also what she calls the emotionally taxing "wifework" - being responsible for the husband's emotional needs, the whole family's social calendar, the whole concept of homemaking, etc.
My favourite part of the book - or, I should say, the thing that made me stop and think the most, was the part where she describes the increased amount of free time she had after divorcing her husband and becoming the single parent to three very small children. You would have thought that the opposite would be true, but when she she was no longer responsible for all that "wifework", the burden on her was considerably lessened.
Indeed, even if you're happily married with children, the book makes you think about how expendable your spouse may actually be, and why. And it makes you ask yourself why intelligent women are willing to put up with so much unfairness in our relationships - it makes you take your rose-coloured glasses off and re-evaluate what is "fair".
I wholeheartedly recommend this book, but caution that it will be an eye-opening and not altogether painless read for those of us "in denial".
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