Today, we can see the word domestic being used in various ways. Traditionally, it is used to describe things and actions in the house. Domestic activities include taking care of the house and children, cooking, laundry, cleaning, running errands, etc. These jobs were solely preformed by women up until modern day times. Since then, we have seen a shift in responsibility and have seen women picking up jobs that traditionally belonged to men and men staying in the home more often. Although we have seen this change, it hasn’t been a full switch. By comparing Little Women with the TV show Working Moms, we can see that women are still required to be “domestic” compared to men.
As seen in the Keyword Essay ‘Domestic” by Claudia Nelson, the word domestic mainly applies to the concept of home. Domestic fiction applies to stories and novels about the home life and families. Domestic education refers to learning about jobs in the home and how to take care of the home and family, specifically for women.
The book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is a great example of domesticity and domestic tasks in a more traditional sense. In this story, the main characters, who are all young girls, are brought up being taught the importance of their participation in the house work. They all have tasks that they need to complete daily that deal with cleaning, cooking, or caring for their siblings. At this time, this was the job of women and it was basically their only option.
Working Moms is a show on Netflix that shows the stories of different moms with young children and their lives when they end their maternity leave and resume their jobs. All of the women have different jobs and different family situations. Their professions range from a high up PR executive, a relator, therapist, and IT professional. Additionally, they also have different child care for their babies. Some have partners that stay home, and some have nannies. This show does a great job at showcasing the differences in people’s experiences in the relationship between motherhood and careers. Also, this show provides a great example of how the word domestic is seen. In this case, we can see domestic in a more modern sense. While all of these women have careers, they are still required to be in charge of the children’s well being and they experience the daily pressures of balancing their domestic duties and their various careers.