This post takes a look at traditional gender roles within the home and how not all families/couples/groups do the roles that society expects them to do. This photo essay depicts how sharing chores around the house redefines traditional gender roles by taking away the idea that women are in charge of all household duties .
This is Matt. In this photograph he is making dinner, after having picked everything up to make it. A stereotypical gender role is for the woman to make dinner for the man. This stereotypical gender role is expected from the woman, disregarding the possibility that she may have had a long, exhausting day at work, or at home with the kids, after being in class, or for whatever reason. Here, Matt is flipping that gender role by being the one making dinner for me, after I’ve come home from a long day of class and not feeling well. Washing the Dishes
This photograph shows Matt doing the dishes. In traditional gender roles, the women has to cook, but also clean up after any meal. Here, Matt is doing the dishes because he doesn’t expect me to do them just for being a woman. Taking out the Trash
Sharing household chores is one way of undoing gender. Traditionally, women are expected to be the ones in charge of keeping the house clean. By sharing household chores, we are challenging the idea that women are supposed to be the housekeepers and men the breadwinners. We are both equals within our space and to each other. Cleaning the Mirrors
By not “doing gender” the way that it is traditionally done, we are creating a space of mutual respect and support. I don’t expect him to provide everything that a man is “supposed to provide.” We work as a team and get things done together. Still Himself
At the end of the day, Matt is still himself. He doesn’t think that his masculinity was ever challenged because he helps with the chores. He can still shave his beard, drink a beer with the boys, and wear whatever he wants. He also believes that household responsibilities should be shared between everyone living there. Regardless of how they identify.