Not even the most poorly paid shipping clerk

One more from Why Men Fail:

Not even the most poorly paid shipping clerk would dream of trying to make his own shirts, and confidential investigation would probably reveal that mighty few darn their own socks.  Yet the cities are full of women on march larger salaries who not only make their own clothes, but cook their own meals and do their own laundry.

So in 1927, it was more unusual to cook for yourself than it was to make your own clothes?  When did that flip?


2 thoughts on “Not even the most poorly paid shipping clerk

  1. olderwoman says:

    That’s not quite how I read that. To me it reads as if it takes for granted that women cook and do laundry, and men never do, and is remarking on the gender difference in women making their own clothes and men not. It seems to be seeming surprised that relatively well-off women made their own clothes. Although, on your side, I’m pretty sure that a hundred + years earlier, gentlewomen were supposed to do sewing and mending, while laundry and cooking were done by servants.

  2. olderwoman says:

    Oh, regarding now, I don’t know all the numbers, but cooking is the household job men are most likely to do and laundry the least. I think few sew any more. I was told by friends that there are New Yorkers who never cook, always eat out and store things in their ovens. But I don’t think that is the custom outside New York. However, the rise in restaurants and fast food surely implies that families are eating home cooked meals only part of the time. And home cooking itself often involves food that was largely prepared elsewhere and is just warmed up at home.

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