Maid To Order - 7 February 2008 Not Too Merry Maids Housework has been one of the most dreaded least desired activities in America for a number of

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7 February 2008 Not Too Merry, Maids Housework has been one of the most dreaded, least desired activities in America for a number of decades, and it is only becoming more of a “chore” as Americans progressively get lazier. Slavery took this idea of avoiding “housework” to an extreme and was unmistakably a horrifying way to get one’s work complete. But when one looks at the conditions of a present day maid compared to that of a slave, can similarities be found between the two? Barbara Ehrenreich explores the life of a maid firsthand and brings about the harsh conditions they face day to day in her social critic, entitled Maid to Order . Many feel that slavery is an issue that is incomparable to anything else; however, when one looks at the issue of maids, similarities are more prevalent than some may think. Ehrenreich, in Maid to Order (2007), gives a detailed, visual description of the “250 scrubbable floors” she encountered as a maid for three weeks saying, “Here you find elaborate dust structures held together by a scaffolding of dog hairs; dried bits of pasta glued to the floor by their sauces; the congealed remains of gravies, jellies, contraceptive creams, vomit, and urine.” The environment of which Ehrenreich elaborates looks to be extremely poor with conditions that are not an average “day at the office.” Maids are put through punishing, long days at work while housekeepers are,
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course RHET 105 taught by Professor Wilson during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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Maid To Order - 7 February 2008 Not Too Merry Maids Housework has been one of the most dreaded least desired activities in America for a number of

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