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Work From Home Moms usually face skepticism from many! Working only from office need not be a perfect fit, and here's why you should not take Work From Home Moms for granted.
It’s been a while now, since I have returned to working full-time. After several trials and errors in the career zone, I have finally taken on a full-time job in writing, albeit from home. This works for me, as I’m able to balance two of my top priorities—I am available for my children throughout the day and am also able to focus on a productive and satisfying career.
However, I have observed that many people have an agonizing difficulty accepting that for a mother, ‘being at home’ and ‘working full-time’ are simultaneously possible. On numerous occasions, I have been asked when I’ll be returning to a job. This is despite my explaining that I have a full-time, decently-paying job, right now!
And then there are others who think that a ‘Work-from-home-mom‘ is just a fancy term that I’ve picked up somewhere, and I have all the time in the world….enough time to run around paying bills, picking up couriers, babysitting the kids of busy moms who chase their ‘career’ dreams, and to accommodate any plan at immediate notice. After all, I am at home. So how important can work possibly be?!
This message is to all these people, who believe that working women ought to be in an office, to fit the bill. Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, it doesn’t change the fact that a ‘work-from-home’ mom has a career that is important to her. She has responsibilities just like any other member of the workforce, perhaps even more.
She is struggling to maintain her work-life balance, and just because she is at home, it doesn’t mean everything automatically falls into place. She has her own priorities and tasks to complete, and is not ‘free’ to take over yours. Where work is concerned, she is no different from anyone who works outside the house. Taking a day off means the same to her. And although it may not be a traditional 9-5 job, she still has people to answer to. And, it pays her bills.
You may not respect or even recognize what she does, but next time, please don’t forget to ask before volunteering her for your needs. In case you still don’t get it, she is not available unless she says so!
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Shows like Indian Matchmaking only further the argument that women must adhere to social norms without being allowed to follow their hearts.
When Netflix announced that Indian Matchmaking (2020-present) would be renewed for a second season, many of us hoped for the makers of the show to take all the criticism they faced seriously. That is definitely not the case because the show still continues to celebrate regressive patriarchal values.
Here are a few of the gendered notions that the show propagates.
A mediocre man can give himself a 9.5/10 and call himself ‘the world’s most eligible bachelor’, but an independent and successful woman must be happy with receiving just 60-70% of what she feels she deserves.
Darlings makes some excellent points about domestic violence . For such a movie to not follow through with a resolution that won't be problematic, is disappointing.
I watched Darlings last weekend, staying on top of its release on Netflix. It was a long-awaited respite from the recent flicks. I wanted badly to jump into its praise and will praise it, for something has to be said for the powerhouse performances it is packed with. But I will not be able to in a way that I really had wanted to.
I wanted to say that this is a must-watch on domestic violence that I stand behind and a needed and nuanced social portrayal. But unfortunately, I can’t. For I found Darlings to be deeply problematic when it comes to the portrayal of domestic violence and how that should be dealt with.
Before we rush to the ‘you must be having a problem because a man was hit’ or ‘much worse happens to women’ conclusions, that is not what my issue is. I have seen the praises and criticisms, and the criticisms of criticisms. I know, from having had close associations with non-profits and activists who fight domestic violence not just in India but globally, that much worse happens to women. I have written a book with case studies and statistics on that. Neither do I have any moral qualms around violence getting tackled with violence (that will be another post some day).