My wife and I were chatting about women and stress tonight over supper when she commented that the Equal Rights Movement did more harm than good to women and actually benefited men the most. The assumption, generally speaking, is that previously women were primarily responsible for ‘keeping house’ and raising the kids. (often daunting and thankless roles) Men worked to support the family. With more women entering the workplace, there should have been some sort of shift so that men took on a larger share of her ‘traditional’ roles but that didn’t happen. Also, with women contributing more to the family income it has reduced (somewhat) the pressure on men to be the sole breadwinner. In a society that no longer stigmatizes single mothers, they have suffered the most. Health issues relating to increased dependency on fast-food due to the lack of time to prepare nutritious meals has reached the pandemic stage. She also feels the added stress has lead to depression, insomnia, lowered immunity, and general ill-health among women.
Which reminds me, as she is propped up in bed preparing to watch ‘Gilmore Girls’, I have to clean up in the kitchen. (my job on many nights and I’m not complaining)