My wife must arrange to lose time at work and not lose the job. I want a wife who will keep my clothes clean, ironed, mended, replaced when need be, and who will see to it that my personal things are kept in their proper place so that I can find what I need the minute I need it.
It may mean a small cut in my wife’s income from time to time, but I guess I can tolerate that. I want a wife who cooks the meals, a wife who is a cook.
While I Was Ironing One Evening: An Analysis of Judy Brady’s “I Want a Wife” “My God, who wouldn’t want a wife?
” The concluding statement to Judy Brady’s iconic essay perfectly condenses its content in the same way that the essay itself perfectly condensed the issues-at-stake in the second wave feminist movement.
Naturally, I will expect a fresh, new life; my wife will take the children and be solely responsible for them so that I am left free.
When I am through with school and have a job, I want my wife to quit working and remain at home so that my wife can more fully and completely take care of a wife’s duties.Marsha Weinman Lear’s movement-defining essay “The Second Feminist Wave” perfectly sums up the goals of second wave feminists when she concludes, “Too much has been made of defining human destiny and personality through the sex organs.After all, we share the human brain.” My contention is that Brady’s essay succeeds in making a timeless statement, not solely because of its concerns.is devoted to today’s women considered as full human beings.”) One of the shortest pieces in the package — just one page — turned out to be one of the most durable: “I Want a Wife,” by Judy Syfers. Not too long ago a male friend of mine appeared on the scene fresh from a recent divorce.She’d written it as a speech for a rally in San Francisco the previous year, and it also appeared in the premiere stand-alone issue of Syfers — who soon retook her unmarried name, Judy Brady — continued to work as an activist for the rest of her life, traveling to Cuba and Nicaragua and working to fight environmental pollution. Her essay presages the idea of the now well-known I belong to that classification of people known as wives. He had one child, who is, of course, with his ex-wife. As I thought about him while I was ironing one evening, it suddenly occurred to me that I, too, would like to have a wife. I would like to go back to school so that I can become economically independent, support myself, and, if need be, support those dependent upon me. And while I am going to school I want a wife to take care of my children.I want a wife to go along when our family takes a vacation so that someone can continue to care for me and my children when I need a rest and change of scene.I want a wife who will not bother me with rambling complaints about a wife’s duties.I want a wife who will remain sexually faithful to me so that I do not have to clutter up my intellectual life with jealousies.And I want a wife who understands that If, by chance, I find another person more suitable as a wife than the wife I already have, I want the liberty to replace my present wife with another one.Second wave feminism was a backlash against the complacency that had distanced many women from the radical viewpoints of the first wave of feminism.Brady’s essay is her attempt to reach these disenfranchised feminists.