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Re: Re: time to vent now gender/work


Well it is interesting in the Bible belt. I was raised independent and
remain so and do it all (except electrical and plumbing) and I used to
get some pretty funny looks. They might be getting used to me after 8
1/2 years now in this town. If not - oh well - deal w/ it folks.


Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: james singer
Sent: 6/22/2004 7:01:54 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] time to vent now gender/work

> Dig it, Libby.
> 
> At  least up to the snow shoveling part.
> 
> On Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at 07:46 PM, Libby Valentine wrote:
> 
> > Well, I've never lived in the Bible belt and probably never will, 
> > though
> > since I left western Massachusetts I somehow keep ending up in very
> > conservative counties/towns.  There are a LOT of people out there who 
> > think
> > dad brings home the paycheck, fixes the car, and mows the lawn while 
> > mom
> > keeps the house, fixes dinner and raises the kids; or if that's not 
> > how it's
> > happening, it's the way it should (always) happen.  If there is no 
> > dad, then
> > mom should find one.
> >
> > And in my experience it's about equally men and women who think this 
> > way.
> > In many cases women are still not paid equivalent salaries, because 
> > after
> > all, they are assumed to be bringing home the second paycheck.  Guess 
> > again!
> >
> > I was lucky to be raised with the belief that we are each capable of 
> > doing
> > what needs to be done, if not by ourselves, then together.  The 
> > stereotypes
> > didn't apply.  But manners did... which is a funny sort of 
> > juxtaposition,
> > but then again, manners are based on good old-fashioned courtesy which 
> > is
> > not necessarily restricting either.
> >
> > Around here, as far as yard work and snow shovelling, it certainly is 
> > more
> > convenient to stay warm and relaxed inside while the men do the 
> > work... why
> > do I have to have my own snow shovel? <LOL>
> >
> > Libby
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 7:06 PM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] time to vent!
> >
> >
> >> All this "men's work/women's work" stuff is gibberish to me. I was 
> >> born
> >> in the early 30s [very early, Hoover was president] when that sort of
> >> nonsense was accepted by most people. But times change and continue to
> >> change. Women have been more-or-less liberated from such stupid
> >> stereotypes. Or so I thought. But maybe not in the bible belt. Hello?
> >
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> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> Zone 10
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
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