HALE, MI—Willow and Ryan Wyndin started married life completely committed to equally splitting every task and chore 50-50. It was a beautiful thing to see as they kept timesheets and shared every responsibility 100% fairly. Willow went off to her job every day and came home to take turns doing things like mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, and sweeping the garage.
But, eventually, Willow surrendered to the patriarchy as long as the patriarchy was willing to mow the lawn every weekend, saying, “I’m 100% OK with the patriarchy as long as it keeps the lawn mowed and repairs things that break around here.”
She is now rethinking her entire career choice and plans to write a book on why feminism should embrace the patriarchy. She also says she’d like to stay home and have a bunch of babies, so long as she doesn’t have to touch that lawnmower again. “I just think it’s so freeing to discover that the way my parents and grandparents and great-grandparents did things was actually really fair. Like, if feminism means I have to mow the lawn, then I’m out. That just doesn’t work for me. And frankly, Ryan always puts the dishes away in the wrong spot when he unloads the dishwasher – that’s so annoying.”