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I came across this cartoon set in a gilded frame whilst browsing in a shop the other day. In case you can’t make it out, it shows two scenarios: in the first, the husband gets up and makes coffee while the wife sleeps. He puts the kettle on to boil and twiddles his thumbs while he waits; he brings it to her in bed, they both smile. In the second part, she gets up, puts the kettle on to boil, checks the laundry, feeds the cat, and then brings the coffee up to bed; they both smile.

I really don’t understand why someone would want to hang this in their home. Is it a passive aggressive way to illustrate the superiority of women to menfolk, all the while accepting that an equal relationship is inherently impossible?  Are we meant to chuckle at this without feeling anger at the way this kind of double-standard is embraced, nay enshrined in the home?

And they say feminists hate men.