Que nuestras casas son más que meros lugares de paso donde comer y dormir se ha vuelto patente en un escenario de pandemia y confinamiento. Pero, como señalan Carrie Gress y Noelle Mering, autoras de dos volúmenes sobre la “teología del hogar”, el interés que suscitan las “artes domésticas” contrasta con el escaso reconocimiento hacia la persona que se ocupa de la casa. Frente a una concepción del trabajo en términos de éxito y poder, en sus libros defienden la aportación única e indispensable de quien hace de la casa un hogar.
Si sientes que tu vida es un desastre, que no llegas a todo y que no tienes paz, quizá la solución empiece por ordenar tu armario, o por deshacerte de las pertenencias que te quitan espacio y tranquilidad. Con la firme idea de que ordenando tu hogar transformarás tu vida, la japonesa Marie Kondo ha inventado el método KonMari, que es tendencia en las redes sociales y cuenta con su propia serie en Netflix.
The gender pay gap and other risks linked to the devaluation of care work should be tackled by combating ageism; creating and enforcing a minimum standard of care provision; creating a professional qualification system and career pathways for professional carers; and by supporting community-based care with solutions that respect the dignity and identity of care receivers.
Research carried out by Dr. Nicole Keith of the Indiana University suggests that there is a link between the cleanliness in the home and maintaining a healthy level of physical activity. "Are the types of people who take care of their bodies the same types of people who take care of their homes?"
An article that portrays a different perspective on the controversial child benefit cuts in the UK. According to Rachel Cusk, ‘For middle class women child benefit is not just about money. It is a rare acknowledgement that their labour has value.’
The article looks at two different studies, LSE researcher Dr. Wendy Sigle-Rushton’s study linking the amount of time husbands spend in housework with divorce rates and a study carried out at Clayman Institute Gender Research at Stanford University which looked at the role housework plays in academic scientists’ productivity. Based on these studies, the authors recommend professionalising household labour.
There are some topics that usually get written off because they are considered to be either a minefield of stereotypes (feminist claims), easily manipulated (immigration), or not worth discussing at all (housework). The combination of these themes can be explosive because it highlights something that is rarely brought up in debates about immigration: the care children and the elderly receive in First World countries is given at the expense of immigrant women who stop looking after their own children in their countries of origin.
Regular family meals have proven to show that teenagers are more likely to receive better grades at school and less likely to turn to substance abuse and other bad behaviours. Even if it’s not very long this time is seen as valuable, where children have in some way, the support of their parents.