Internet Schooled a Conservative Blogger Who Tweeted About Gender Roles During Hurricane Harvey
“Care work (for children, infirm, elderly) is necessary for human flourishing & has been traditionally performed by women for free, which contributes to women’s lesser financial & politics power. As care work has moved into the market, it remains poorly paid & overwhelmingly female, which again makes women more vulnerable. We love to laud a woman “cradling her child” but don’t provide paid maternity leave orÂ support quality childcare & good pay/benefits for childcare workers (women, immigrants).”
Wolbrecht continued, “As budgets for care work (mental health, health care) have been cut, a lot of that work has shifted to agencies like police & fire, who often lack training & capacity, and result in troubling outcomes. At theÂ same time, economists note that a central challenge to male workers is skills mismatch – men reluctant to take jobs in expanding care sector, partly bc jobs are “female”, partly bc they are low paying, low prestige (bc their “women’s jobs”). IN SUM your rigid and illogical sexual division of labor, & related hierarchy of value, hurts both women & men, the US economy, & the flourishing of society as a whole. The value of work – holding the baby or carrying the mother should be recognized & rewarded, no matter who performs it. Given how much care is needed, all hands on deck.”
Did you hear the bell ring? Because someone just got schooled.
Wolbrecht’s lesson on gender roles has been retweeted by over 52,000 Twitter users. Unsurprisingly, Walsh is not one of them.
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