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The Wife Drought by [Crabb, Annabel]
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'I need a wife'

It's a common joke among women juggling work and family. But it's not actually a joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a Godsend on the domestic front. It's a potent economic asset on the work front. And it's an advantage enjoyed - even in our modern society - by vastly more men than women.

Working women are in an advanced, sustained, and chronically under-reported state of wife drought, and there is no sign of rain.

But why is the work-and-family debate always about women? Why don't men get the same flexibility that women do? In our fixation on the barriers that face women on the way into the workplace, do we forget about the barriers that - for men - still block the exits?

The Wife Drought is about women, men, family and work. Written in Annabel Crabb's inimitable style, it's full of candid and funny stories from the author's work in and around politics and the media, historical nuggets about the role of 'The Wife' in Australia, and intriguing research about the attitudes that pulse beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia.

Crabb's call is for a ceasefire in the gender wars. Rather than a shout of rage, The Wife Drought is the thoughtful, engaging catalyst for a conversation that's long overdue.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 746 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: RHA eBooks Adult (1 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House Australia
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L0OOV4Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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'Whether they’re men or women, though, the main thing wives are is a cracking professional asset.’

Many women who juggle work and family responsibilities would like to have a wife. Someone to take care of the domestic stuff, including cooking, cleaning, childcare and ironing. In some households these responsibilities are shared, but why – in the second decade of the 21st century – is this still an issue? After all, equality (of opportunity and pay) has been around for forty years or more, or has it?

‘Who gets wives? Dads do. Most mums have to make do with alternative arrangements.’

This entertaining and thought-provoking work is about men and women, family and work. About the barriers that exist for men as well as for women in trying to balance work and family. About the differences in approach to work which, for me, a comment by George Megalogenis (included in the book) summarises neatly: ‘Women have trouble asking for pay rises, and men have trouble asking for time off’. That’s surely part of it, but my own observation is that men are not always able to get the same flexible working arrangements available to women in the same workplaces. How many of these barriers are cultural, as distinct from legal? While Ms Crabbe is writing about Australia, many of the issues will apply similarly in other developed economies.

‘Well having a wife is an economic privilege. A privilege far more men enjoy than women. But it’s a state of affairs so broadly accepted as to be barely mentioned.’

Some of us who read this book have managed to survive the experience of combining full-time work and parenting.
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ARE YOU UNCONSCIOUSLY BIASED?
Yes, I admit that I am guilty. Guilty of a few things and now I realise that I have particular unconscious bias.
My awareness of this bias has recently unfolded whilst reading my fifth book. And I am in shock as I pride myself as being immersed in all new world behaviours, practices and activities.
What about you. Are you guilty?
Try this 10 second test: If you see a man with his baby in a pram in a café, with no other adult, what’s your immediate thought/reaction/assumption?
What’s your answer?
My immediate assumption was: Oh! How lucky is that woman to have a partner who takes their child out for an hour to give her a break.
After delving into Annabel Crabb’s book, The Wife Drought, I feel as if I’ve been slapped in the face and put in my place: I was expecting to have a good laugh, given my fan following of her ABC and iView productions; and whilst there was a good dusting of humour, I was surprised with the volume of common sense and clarity about the wives and lives of men and women over the past decades.
I immersed into reflection, pondering leadership, leaders and their authority and realise that too many businesses are still stuck in the 50s. Few admit that they have a workforce which has constructed systems supporting men and women and in particular their families (think children & grandparents/seniors).
The drought in question is the support which women don’t receive when they are in the office or at home. We wives tend to unconsciously take on the roles of: meals, social arrangements, nursing sick kids, child arrangements if travelling, house cleaning etc.
I blame many men!
OK, I’ve said it. I don’t think I’ve met many men (straight men) who get it.
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I found this book a very refreshing look at the challenges facing women in the workplace. It was nice to read a book that acknowledged that women working full time still love and adore their children, just as much as dads who work full time. We have a challenge in our home that although my husband is home based, he is expected to work like he doesn't have children. This book really helped put into words the challenge of the situation, and also help to clarify what solutions may be.
I enjoyed the tone and humour of the book, and was somewhere between laughter, tears of relief and a cathartic unburdening of guilt when I read the story of Chiquita the kangaroo. I couldnt stop laughing-or crying - and felt much better at the end of it.
While not everything in the book rang true for me, I give it five stars because it did a good job or reforming the question of 'how do women combine motherhood and work' to 'how do parents balance work and family'. Highly recommended for anyone who has neglected a Chiquita!
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Great book. Entertaining Gave insights into male and female attitudes towards each other, work and managing a household. It didn't give me much hope that things would be changing in the short term but it is a good start to discussions about trying to increase flexibility into the lives of both men and women. In the seventies I worked and my husband stayed home with the kids and I was surprised to find the after all those years this is still very much a minority type of family arrangement. Seems it is too hard for men to admit they like children and domesticity.
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