You, who claim that you long to rise above the crude concerns of the body, above the drudgery of serving mere physical needs-who is enslaved by physical needs: the Hindu who labors from sunrise to sunset at the shafts of a hand-plow for a bowl of rice, or the American who is driving a tractor?
why a woman would wish to cook for a man . oh, not as a duty, not as a chronic career, only as a rare and special rite in symbol of . but what have they made of it, the preachers of woman’s duty? . The castrated performance of a sickening drudgery was held to be a woman’s proper virtue-while that which gave it meaning and sanction was held as a shameful sin . the work of dealing with grease, steam and slimy peelings in a reeking kitchen was held to be a spiritual matter, an act of
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To me, housework is drudgery.
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