Why it’s wrong to have a cleaner: a feminist perspective
This is controversial: I know lots of feminists who either have a cleaner, or who want to justify why it’s ok. I disagree. I don’t think it’s ok.
Feminists have long been fighting for gender equality (obviously!) and a big part of that battle is liberation from the drudgery of domestic chores. In a world of gender equality, men need to pick up their end of the bargain and contribute equally to washing their own undies and mopping the floor. All pretty obvious.
I believe we are fighting not for total liberation from domestic chores, but for the load to be shared equitably. If you get a cleaner to do it for you, you have solved the problem of gender equality in that domestic arrangement – noone has to do the housework and everyone is happy.
But by employing a cleaner, you haven’t solved the inequality – you’ve just transformed it to an inequality of class. Surely as feminists the whole point is to deconstruct and redistribute who holds power and privilege in society – not just to reshuffle it so we find ourselves in the coveted position of privilege and power. To solve gender in equality by introducing a new inequality of class defeats the whole purpose.
That’s what I’m getting at in the verse to this Lurkers song which doesn’t have a proper name, but we call Reasons:
A rich friend I know gets a cleaner to come to her home
Cause feminists these days don’t like to wash their own clothes
She thinks servants they love eating the crumbs that she throws
PS Tell me if you disagree! Let’s have it out.