What's an ambitious woman to do? ... So why not look to men for answers? Men have managed the sticky situation of both having a job and having a home life for decades now. Their solution is possibly even more elegant in its simplicity than the "don't have children" one: Marry a woman.Meanwhile, another Slate article suggests that women keep sloppier homes, and somehow convince society that this is acceptable:
Men have long understood how this works. If you marry a woman, you can work those long hours that it takes to get ahead without worrying too much about if the house will get clean or the kids will get cared for. ...
Oh, I can hear your objections! "But Amanda, I'm a straight lady who doesn't want to be in a sexual relationship with a woman!" Never fear! I've read a ton of articles analyzing the state of marriage, such as this one by Derek Thompson in the Atlantic, and according to them, marriage is a business partnership between colleagues who assess each other based on the economic value they can provide in a relationship. You can always go outside your marriage for sexual satisfaction and hell, so can she. You're a generous lady.
To give credit where credit is due, Chait is probably right about women caring more about cleanliness. Chait says feminists like Grose shouldn’t assume “men derive equal enjoyment from a cleaner and neater home.” They just don’t care as much, and women shouldn’t either.I do not think that these articles are jokes, but it is hard to tell with online feminist advice.
Unfortunately, Chait completely misses the part of Grose’s argument in which she agrees with him that women have higher standards — and explains that this is a result not of innate gender differences but of the greater societal pressure on women to maintain a clean home.