Invisible No More: Esteeming Housewives and Household Chores

By Tan Yu Kai

March 2022 FEATURE
main image
Lullaby. Batik artwork by Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng. Women in domestic duties can be portrayed as beautiful, deserving of attention and celebration. These longstanding practices should not be instantly supplanted by Western ideals, but be given more due credit to minimise the disruption of change.
Advertisement
THE DIALOGUE THAT follows may seem tenuous to some, or as Virginia Woolf has aptly stated, “bring one into very grave disputes with certain very good fellows.” I find it of some import to disclaim that I write this article to decry any assumption or expectation that the woman’s place is in the home.The Domestic SceneDebating whether to call her partner to commiserate, Ti puts down the phone. What good will come of it, speaking to one whom she suspects,...

To read the rest of the article and to access our e-Archive, subscribe to us for RM150 a year.

References
  • Baron, A. (2006). Masculinity, the Embodied Male Worker, and the Historian’s Gaze. International Labor and Working-Class History, 69, 143–160.
  • Burton, A (1999). “Some Trajectories of “Feminism” and “Imperialism”. In Sinha, M., Guy, D. J., & Woollacott, A. (1999). Feminisms and internationalism. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Musawah (2016). Women’s stories, women’s lives; male authority in Muslim contexts.
  • Public Health Malaysia (2022, February 7.). Suami stress bila pendapatan isteri tinggi [Infographic]. https://www.facebook.com/publichealthmalaysia/photos/a.1715215348768330/3127640994192418/
  • Wee, V., & Shaheed, F. (2008). Women empowering themselves: a framework that interrogates and transforms. Research Programme Consortium on Women's Empowerment in Muslim Contexts: gender, poverty and democratisation from the inside out, Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong.
Tan Yu Kai

is a Penangite biologist-cum-artist passionate about human relationalities with the natural world. He is a triple major in Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences and Anthropology, and was a Research Fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.


`