|male/female work issues||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Robyn Williams (zeniinet.net.au)|
|Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2001 17:43:01 -0700 (MST)|
Meant this to go to all: > Hi y'all > > I've been trying to keep out of this one, however this discussion will > contribute to a planned community re-vision. My experience is not dissimilar > to Kay's: > > We have 5 men : 11 women > The development was driven by the women, mostly low income, sole parents (at > the time) wanting security of tenure. The few male partners over the years > tended to stay away from the development work ("I don't want to just sit > around talking, I'm a do-er"). Only one man has really extended himself and > he paces himself carefully. One other usually does his 'fair share'. > > The women continue to organise everything - landscaping, maintenance, > finances, common house development, social - including the hard yakka > (physical work). Men rarely come to meetings. Rarely cook, occassionally > clean-up, the reason offered is full-time work, however this hasn't > prevented one single, working woman from fitting it in to her very busy > schedule. The same reason is given for not coming to busy bees ("a man > needs a rest on the weekend", "I'm too busy at the moment"). These are all > terrific, relatively aware guys. What's interesting is the level of > tolerence for this from the women; while noticed, it's rarely addressed. > The work that we pay dollars for is "men's" work - carpentry, wall-building, > etc - although the women have done their best to do alot of this themselves. > I might add, there's a range in willingness amongst the women too. > > I'd love to hear from more men on this topic as I want to understand this > dynamic. Or are we over this discussion? > Regards > Robyn > Pinakarri Community
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