The Importance Of Paid Domestic Work

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Paid domestic work is defined as a person or individual who works within the employer’s household, expected to perform a variety of task including but not limited to child or elderly care, cleaning and household maintenance. I will argue that the practice of paid domestic work cannot be reformed and made equitable for three main reasons. The reasons are as follows: 1) This form of work is not regarded as an actual job or employment by many 2) The practice of domestic work is embedded in racial roots and practice 3) There isn’t a market for individuals volunteering to do paid domestic work. For the sake of this argument, I will focus on the care of children as the only form of paid domestic work, particularly the children of privileged or upper-middle class families executed by women who are minorities. When thinking about a traditional job with an employer and employee, nannies are not the first to come to mind. When working as a nanny you are expected to tend to three different things: the children, the house, and the lifestyle and values of the employer. As explained by Hondagneu-Sotelo, “Parents hire nanny/housekeepers to do work involving intimate care, yet many fundamentally resist the idea that these services require monetary compensation” (Hondagneu-Sotelo 120). Although this job involves the worker partaking in both physical and emotional labor, which isn’t a requirement for other jobs, it is still seen as one that isn’t actually “employment” and shouldn't yield
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