Originally Posted by aelle
a lot more difficult when you have to follow a written tutorial and are missing half the tools you need, than if you have a parent to walk you through it and a well-equipped workshop.
It is, it is.
By the way, what's the deal with taking out the trash being a gendered chore?? I've never heard of that except in the US.
I'm in the US, and I've never heard that (though I was never allowed on/to handle a lawn mower, so there are some gendered chores). But where I lived, there is no trash pick up, so taking out the trash meant gathering a week or two's worth in big cans, bungee cording them to a trailer, hooking the trailer up to a truck and taking it to the dump--and it still wasn't considered that as far as I'm aware. Somehow lawn mowers got gendered and cutting down dead trees, picking up manure, cleaning the gutters and building compost bins didn't.
I was never aware changing a lightbulb was a gendered chore, either. I scratch my head at that actually.
Though, I've been cleaning out my grandparents' basement for the past week or so, which involves toting lots of heavy boxes, and since my mom and her brother are disabled, I do that. It didn't occur to me it was gendered chore until my great aunt and uncle came over--and she made her husband (in his 80s) carry something I could have saying "You'll need to be careful for your future babies"!