The Wife Drought

The Wife Drought 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 eco

  • Title: The Wife Drought
  • Author: Annabel Crabb
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  • Page: 117
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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 men than women Working women are in an advanced, sustained, and 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 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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    1. 3.5 stars.Overall, I found The Wife Drought to be a jolly good insight, based on things we kind of know already. For the first quarter of the book, I just felt stressed. Like, “Jesus Annabel! I have to read this and then I have to go and actually live this tomorrow? Pass the Nicholas Sparks!” The challenges of which she speaks are the cold reality for so many women, day in and day out.It is acutely resonant, and that is both its strength and its weakness. Crabb is, in many ways, preaching to [...]

    2. I honestly cannot give this book any higher praise. Annabel's book, the wife drought, is meticulously researched and unpacks the issues surrounding the share of domestic work, work life balance, and the general helpfulness of 'wives' so brilliantly. It is also done with her laugh out loud inducing humour that makes reading it on public transport embarrassing. The women of Australia thank you, Annabel, and I'm sure the men will get around to it too eventually.

    3. I have to admit to a massive girlie-crush on Annabelle Crabb – to me she is an elegant swan, gracefully delivering intelligent, funny insights into politics with the suggestion of a flurry of activity happening behind the scenes, especially knowing she has small children to manage as well.(Also my mother in law thinks she’s an awful, smug bore so I naturally love her even more)Those who haven’t read more than the blurb could be forgiven for thinking this book is all just a whinge about wom [...]

    4. This is an impressive book. Annabel Crabb has not only undertaken significant research, but she offers some fresh thinking about the role of women and child rearing in Australia today. As is usual for her, the book is a pleasure to read, both serious enough but also with clever phrasing and personal anecdotes.I was somewhat surprised while reading this book to find myself arguing with it, though not necessarily because I disagreed with what Crabb was saying. I suspect this reflects an uncomforta [...]

    5. While I quite enjoyed reading Annabel's book, and her writing style is excellent, I don't feel like she has contributed anything new to the debate over who should do what work and why. I've read fairly widely in this genre and while this book was one of the most entertaining, it wasn't the most illuminating. Annabel is an incredibly intelligent and articulate women, I was secretly hoping she would present a radical solution to the problems women have once their trapped in the cycle of primary pa [...]

    6. I would not have read ‘The Wife Drought’ had it not been selected for my book club. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s the image of the iron on the front cover. Iron! What decade are we in? The 1950s?* If I am to be entirely honest, I’d also lost interest in the author. I’d been a fan when Annabel Crabb wrote for ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’, but thought she’d lost a certain ‘edginess’ when she moved over to the ABC. Those long wild locks had been cropped into a bob and I’m no [...]

    7. Where do I start? This book is insightful, funny, real & intelligently written. Just returning to work from mat leave after my second child, I found this book refreshing & inspiring framework to return to the workforce. At every page I wanted to shout out 'yes, exactly that's how I feel'! And it's a wonderful feeling to know that many other working mums feel the same as I do. And finally, so nice to see a book be critically honest and open about the inadequacies of men/family life in the [...]

    8. Federal politics over the last few years have demonstrated just how deeply misogyny is ingrained in some parts of Australian society. This book is attempting to open a conversation about the position of women, through their need for a 'wife'. It is unclear to me, however, whom the book is aimed at. The book provides basic information, that won't be anything new to many. Whilst it may be 'new' to some in society, I can't really see those people picking up a book called 'The Wife Drought'. This le [...]

    9. This a clear, well-written discussion of the ways in which men and, particularly, women are constrained by the ways of the modern workplace. It's convincing and well argued, but really feels like something for people who've not really given the topic much thought before - anyone who has been interested or bothered by workplace inequality will have covered most of this ground before. Still - the book seems to have reached a broad audience and that's definitely valuable.

    10. Absolutely adored this book. I have laughed out loud on public transport, nodded my head in agreement and quoted passages to my mother more times than I can count. Crabb's research is impeccable and her conclusions are sound.

    11. "if we are serious about equality, we should stop worrying so exclusively about women's ease of access to the workplace and start worrying more about men's ease of egress from it" Clever and engaging look at men & women in the workplace. As a 30-something woman in Australia, this is an emotionally close-to-home and often depressing topic. My jaw dropped at some of the statistics presented in this book. Nevertheless, thanks to Crabb's nuanced handling and excellent sense of humour, this book [...]

    12. This book is not the second coming of feminism.It's FUN - full of anecdotes and Crabb's trademark snark, but it is not the second coming of feminism. It said nothing we did not already know ( quite frankly, aside from the stats, its key premises were well known in the EIGHTIES. Women add work to household responsibilities. Men do not typically pick up the latter. Men who do are regarded as weirdos. It would be good if we could do something about the latter two points). Crabb offers no constructi [...]

    13. A wry and insightful look at the way our society has focused with almost hilarious inequality on one half of the equality debate. Crabb is reliably one of Australia's best commentators on political matters - turning her hand to the social arena, she demonstrates that this is no mere fluke.The Wife Drought is a kind and forgiving look at the way that, although our society has spent decades trying to improve women's access to work, we've spent a lot less energy on trying to improve men's access to [...]

    14. I really enjoyed this read. I'm a "kitchen cabinet" fan and like Annabelle's presenting style on TV, this book was written just as she would speak which I liked. This book was engaging, accessible and easy to read. A lot of what she writes about seems like common sense, in terms of how women and men behave in modern Australian society to the point I found myself getting angry and frustrated - that despite the work of the feminist movement we still have progress to make in gender equality. Let's [...]

    15. I resisted reading this when it first came out, preaching to the converted and all that, but I'm very glad I eventually did. Thought-provoking and funny (no surprise for any regular reader of Crabb's columns) it raises some interesting questions, particularly about perception and social norms. I'll forgive the feeling of mild panic Crabb induced in me when she recounted anecdotes of the juggle between parenting, career, relationships. I just wish I had known about jellied breast milk when my sma [...]

    16. I expected this book to be a bit annoying, a bit of a 'woe is us' carry on about modern womanhood. Far from it - this was a well researched, well reasoned, well written consideration of modern gender roles, with a big emphasis on the plight of men finding it difficult to stay home. I should have known Annabel would do a good job! A perfect read for me, usually a full time worker but currently on maternity leave confronting my new 'role' and contemplating my return to work.

    17. We all need a wife. Indeed. Annabel creates a compelling argument for how things need to change if we're to truly address the issues facing both men and women in the workforce. This is written so very well, combining Annabel's journalistic succinctness with her trademark sense of humour.

    18. An insightful, thoroughly researched commentary that all Australian adults should read. Delivered with Annabelle Crabb's incredible wit & humour, its scathing hypotheses on why women need wives to flourish will hopefully become the ignition to change our gender bias.

    19. I liked this book a lot, mainly because it's always nice to be in complete agreement with the author and want the shout YEAH intermittently.

    20. The Wife Drought is both demoralising and insightful, often at the same time. It defines a "wife" as a part time or stay at home partner who does the bulk of the domestic duties -- cleaning, school drop offs, dealing with tradies -- so as to free the other partner up to pursue earning a crust. A "wife" can be a man by this definition, but the truth is that it is almost always a woman. And it's a huge economic benefit to have one.Annabel is a journalist, and you can see her thoroughness i [...]

    21. Annabel Crabb read this book to me as I travelled to and from work. It has taken almost three years for me to get around to reading it as I thought that as a feminist who had returned to work when her children were infants while the father cared for them, I really knew this subject inside out. I was quite wrong. I was horrified by some of the statistics. After all my husband and I went through (and our experiences resonate strongly here) in the 1980s, fathers as primary parents are actually LESS [...]

    22. I've always liked Crabb's style and this book is no exception. She brings a new viewpoint to an otherwise we'll canvassed topic with her usual wit and humour. I particularly liked that she spent a large portion of the book looking at the reasons why men find it so difficult to exit the workplace (to fulfil family obligations or otherwise) and did not simply focus on the dirth if women in senior positions in the workforce and the reasons for that. Looking forward to whatever Annabel Crabb turns h [...]

    23. This was entertaining and thought provoking (and boring at times). Nothing has changed in me for reading this book, except that now I want a wife!

    24. Thought provoking and enjoyable read. I should get a job, to help with the statisticsbut working sucks. Let's just make better robots instead so we can all have more time to enjoy the fruits life has to offer.

    25. This was equally interesting and a bit disheartening. As someone who didn't really have much of a career to fight for before having kids I couldn't even begin to comprehend the struggle between work and child rearing that some women have to deal with. It wasn't all about the difficulties of maintaining a career and a household and there were a few topics covered that surprised me. This was a well researched and written book, and if anything I now am certain that I do not wish to be a politicians [...]

    26. This was a fascinating read – one of those books where I found myself stopping a few times a chapter to read out parts to my husband. Crabb has a very entertaining writing style – she definitely maintains the style I’ve encountered in her television work which is particularly useful when it comes to discussing statistics. I particularly liked how there was often context provided to the statistics – how they were gathered or what was missing – it’s something often missing when statist [...]

    27. I raced through this book as homework for the Anne Summers and Annabel Crabb talk.In hindsight, I should have read a few of Anne Summers' works and bought Annabel Crabb's cookbook, but I think I did okay on the day.You know the old expression 'Behind every good man is a good woman'? It seems that it doesn't really work the other way around. The topic of this book is 'why?' Sadly, there is not a definitive answer and cure (could you imagine how well that would sell?!).I adore Annabel Crabb's and [...]

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