What’s the difference? And why is the term ‘Housewife’ so much more prevalent in official forms and questionnaires?
People might say I’m trying to be too feminist when I fill in my mother’s occupation as ‘Homemaker’ and not ‘Housewife’, but I would beg to differ. It’s not feminism that makes me do this; it’s the simple respect I have for a woman who has brought me up.
My mother is the one who makes my house a home. The fact that I have come back to a warm, loving atmosphere everyday is because Maa made it so.
Even if we look at it from the point of view of the terms used, that is ‘house’ and ‘home’, there’s a huge difference. People change houses many times in their lives. But if there’s a ‘housewife’, then does it mean that the person is changing every time you change your house? Of course not! My point is, she will go to any house and make it a home for you. And I think she deserves a huge amount of respect for that.
If every child/husband starts realising this and giving their mothers/wives the respect and love they deserve for untiringly looking after them without fail, whenever their children/spouses needed them, I think we can soon do away with the term ‘Housewife’. Once again, I have to say, there is no hardcore feminist thought here. It’s a simple matter of respect. The term ‘housewife’, according to me, reduces a woman to merely a person who maintains the house. It’s like calling your mother/wife a housekeeper. And I’m sure no one wants to do that.
What are your views on this?