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veen  ·  62 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Coronavirus Is a Disaster for Feminism

I’m on the same page as you - I have little to add to your points. This is one of those articles that I share not because they’re good, but because I think there’s something worth discussing or examining here.

One, the pandemic is putting a lot of stress on households and relations, and this affects women differently from men. Two, women are likely pulling the shorter straw, due to their financial position being on average weaker. Three, what does this mean for feminism as a whole?

I don’t think the author does a good job of exploring those three points, and agree with you that she doesn’t underpin point three in particular. I’m unsure if it’s a disaster. Anecdotally, what I’ve seen is that when both parents can work from home the family efforts seem to be divided up just fine 50/50. Someone on Twitter made the point that the postwar wave of feminism was in no small part because during the war, women had to run businesses while the men were at the frontlines, and when those men came back the women didn’t want to give that new freedom back so easily. That sounds slightly oversimplified, but I do wonder if we’re now in a similar situation where a crisis like this one forces reevaluation of household division of labor.

For me it’s pushing me even more towards feminism. My girlfriend applied for graduation the other day, so this week was supposed to be the start of her looking for a job. I’m the sole breadwinner with economic crisis-resistant job prospects and phat savings. (For the record - I do my best to do half of the chores.)

In all likeliness her dependance on me is not gonna change soon - but it feels like a fragile arrangement. I now want more than ever for her to be financially independent of me. But I’m not sure if that’s the same in the rest of society, especially not on your side of the pond.