Mr. Mom by Lonestar

Mr. Mom by Lonestar

The above is a link to a song by Lonestar called “Mr. Mom.” It is about a man that loses his job. His wife decides that she’ll go to work if he stays home and watches after the kids while he’s looking for a job. However, he finds it extremely difficult to accomplish what his wife does everyday. This against draws on the idea of separate spheres. His wife’s place was at home with the kids while he was working. Now that he is taking over the role of his wife, he sees how hard it is. She doesn’t stay at home and relax all day, she cooking, cleaning, watching the kids, and dealing with the financial stuff. By the end of the song he admits that he thought there was nothing to staying home and he is amazed that his wife is able to do everything. This can be connected to the first labor ad we explored about needing someone to take care of a house. This was primarily been a woman’s role for hundreds of years. In the present day it is becoming more common to see “stay-at-home-dads” but its primarily women and it shouldn’t go unnoticed.

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  1. Nice example, but if you could give the date it was created that would be helpful. This was your most in-depth one; it ties into your theme really well.

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  2. mlucas426 says:

    Good ending to bring us up to the present day (I assume present). I like how you explain how men think house work is easy until they are the ones that have to do it. Overall very good posts and I enjoyed reading them.

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  3. Marissa says:

    I think this was a great example, I really liked it! Also, don’t forget the sources.

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  4. You also could include the idea that in modern society we praise men who choice to be stay at home dads because they are doing something that isn’t considered natural well be discourage women doing the same.

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  5. embartra says:

    One thing that I think will help show change, which is important, is being critical of this idea of “the home.” When did separate spheres become something people discussed? What changes prompted it? Perhaps most importantly, where did MEN work? Was there a true separation in men and women’s workspaces before widespread industrialization?

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