The woman who does housework is known as a housewife. This
is a person who is responsible for developing those tasks that are necessary for
the daily operation of a home.
a housewife cleans the house, does the laundry, cooks, does
the shopping and, if she has children, takes care of them and helps them study,
among many other tasks. Despite assuming these obligations, their effort is
not remunerated, unlike what happens with any individual who has a job
or carries out a work activity.
For many years, the figure of the housewife was associated with the woman who
dedicated herself exclusively to household chores, while her husband went out to
work and earn the money that allowed the family to support themselves
financially. Nowadays, it is common for women to assume jobs equivalent
to those of men: that is, to work in a paid way, whether or not they
dedicate themselves to housework. In the same way, it is increasingly common
for men to carry out tasks at home that in the past they did
not assume, since they were done by the housewife.
It is important to mention that the idea of a housewife is
only valid in a context in which it is the woman who is responsible for
performing the aforementioned tasks, since the opposite case can always exist: a
heterosexual family group in which the man stay at home while the woman assumes
a paid job.
On the other hand, a man who lives alone will have to take care of domestic
duties even when he works outside his home. Thanks to greater mental openness on
the part of society, it is now possible to speak of housewives to group
all those men who make purchases, prepare food, clean the
house and look after their children, among all the obligations that in the past
were associated with the role of women.
Leaving machista concepts behind is a very arduous task,
which becomes especially difficult when the authorities of a nation have
interests opposed to this search for freedom. The term housewife is one
of the ones that has caused the most damage to women, since for a long time it
was considered her obligation once she reached adulthood and fulfilled her other
mandate: to marry.
We are in an era in which we have more than enough information to understand
that we are first of all people, before men and women, that we
are not born with a sexuality linked to our physical
appearance, that we should not follow a pre-established path in life but choose
ours at every step; However, despite having access to so many open ideas, we are
still rooted in machismo, which filters through the media and keeps these obtuse
Being a homemaker or housewife indicates an exclusive dedication to
maintaining the home, and that may apply to both men and women, as mentioned
above. It has no negative connotation nor is it demeaning; likewise, it has no
relation to the person's gender or sex: we can all be
However, this role is increasingly rare, at least "full
time", since at present the economic independence of each member of a family is
very normal. Thanks to the Internet, today we can work without leaving our
house, and for this reason many people who used to be housewives dedicate
several hours a day to a paid job.