This is my second try writing this post, which has been floating around in my head for a few days now (I've been moving so I didn't have the internet and couldn't write and post it earlier). It was originally meant to a be light-hearted but right before I started actually writing it the first time I read this post over at Simple Gifts and started thinking more seriously about it. It pretty much became a feminist discussion, much more serious than I had intended. And while that's all well and good, I'm not yet ready to write that. It'll come, but for now I just want to be light-hearted.
Here's a little anecdote about how being an empowered woman means you never get a break:
The fiance and I spent a couple of nights this weekend at my parents' house because we're in the midst of moving apartments and had nowhere to sleep. (Post to come!) One morning, up hours before the fiance, I heard some banging and cursing and wandered into my parents' bedroom to see what all the ruckus was about (yes, I know that sounds dangerous but my mom was in the kitchen and dressed). My father was putting together a new frame for the bed. Without so much as a good morning he said, "Help me with this box spring." So, I helped him lift the box spring onto the frame. All of a sudden, he disappeared and my mother appeared to spread a dust ruffle on the bed. Now, it's a large bed and she's a small woman, so I helped her spread it out neatly and evenly. The second this was done, she disappeared and my father reappeared. I then helped him to lift the mattress into place.
The older generation who abides by stereotypical gender roles? Much more well-rested. Me? I never stop.
Question: Do you ever feel that being an "empowered" woman means that you're expected to be a Superwoman and do everything? Should it?