As always, illustrator Emma hits the mark. With the stroke of a pen, right on the mark, she analyzes and dissects a social issue that occupies many people: After psychological stress, emotional stress or the climate emergency, she tackles the delicate issue of the distribution of housework, which is often very unequal in heterosexual couples is. His new comic strip, shared on social networks on May 19, 2022, analyzes the constructions, arrangements and unconscious strategies that reinforce this inequality.
baptized Where are you going?, the comic presents the generic character of Jean-Martin, a man who wants to get more chores done before listing all the reasons why his goal will never be achieved, much to the chagrin of Cassandre, his companion. She also deconstructs the notion that women are “obsessive,” “have too much control,” can’t “let go,” and would rather take care of the household “in their own way” than delegate. As Emma demonstrates, it’s not that easy… quite the opposite!
The drawings have touched many women who share their feelings in thousands of comments: “It looks like my life”, some remark, while others tag their partners and encourage them to read the comic to the end. This one is available (split into several posts) on the French artist’s official Instagram and Facebook pages.
Preventive vs curative
The effectiveness of Emma’s comic strips is undoubtedly due to their very logical and detailed construction, the obvious result of mature reflection and personal experience: the artist, in fact, excels at the art of making everyday situations relevant or recognizable before supporting her point of view with precise information underpins and statistics. Outcome: We tell ourselves “Oh yes, that’s all!” and better understand what we may be going through.
In the drawings, the illustrator cites several researchers, such as the American writer Francine Deutsch, whose work has uncovered the indirect (often unconscious) strategies of certain people to avoid doing housework: for example passive resistance, that is the fact of postponing the moment of making a machine, until the annoyed partner takes it into her own hands. The other person is then free to integrate the idea that the housework “takes care of itself”. Another strategy is to hide when it’s time to cook or to help the kids with their homework: this attitude is summed up in the English term looserwhom Emma defines as “someone who manages to escape the drudgery”.
Secondly, remembering the words of Titiou Lecoq in his book released (Éd. Fayard), the designer points out that women often clean up “preventively”, while men clean up more “curatively” (i.e. when the disorder or problem is already present). She also strives to highlight all the advantages of the preventive method, often introduced by the woman alone, who ends up exhausting herself or punishing herself professionally. Of course, this can also apply the other way, knowing that some men can of course use preventive retention.
Finally, some solution ideas for people living with a looser, the illustrator insists on reducing blame: “because it’s not her fault, she insists. And then because it is not your responsibility to raise your spouse. Feminism is about emancipation, not self-flagellation. To meditate between two washes.
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