Should I Be A Housewife Analysis

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In the paper “Valuing Household Services: A New Look at the Replacement Cost Approach” by Matthew J. Cushing and David I. Rosenbaum(year) we have seen that valuing household services has long been a forensic concern in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Typically, lost household services are valued using a Labor Value Approach; hours spent providing a variety of household services are appraised at the market wage rate for each service. This Labor Value Approach essentially approximates the cost of hiring part-time workers to perform those services as an alternative to the injured party. Conceptually, this measure is lacking in at least one respect. Services may not be replaced by hiring workers to perform each service at a…show more content…
A Social & Economic View” by Nadja Briscoe, she(year) states that Neil Gilbert’s book, A Mother’s Work: How Feminism, The Market and Policy Shape Family Life, describes how women have responded to the contraceptive revolution, advances in civil rights, and the changing structure of the labor market since the 1960s. He notes that recently there has been a significant decline in childbearing, childrearing, and household production. The rate of childlessness has climbed to historic proportions for a period of relative peace and prosperity. Women are having fewer children; and, early childcare is being passed on to other women, as mothers shift their labor from the household to the marketplace. Feminists would say that women have finally been given the chance to do what they want, and rightly so. Others like myself would argue that it is out of economic necessity and desire to be independent of men, who have a history of using their financial power to oppress women, that drives women to the market place. However, Gilbert argues, that women are moving to the marketplace for three reasons: 1) the culture of capitalism undervalues the economic worth of childrearing activities and domestic production, 2) prevailing feminist expectations overestimate the social and emotional benefits of labor-force participation, and 3) that the family friendly policies of the welfare state create incentives that reinforce the norms and values of capitalism and feminism. The fact of the matter is that for most women, though not all, the labor of motherhood is undervalued; and, the personal benefits of paid work are overestimated. We all fantasize about work that uses our creativity, is self-directed, happens during the hours we choose, and occurs in an attractively lit setting with fascinating

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