The Issue Of Middle Class Women Who Hire Household Help For The Expenses Of Domestic Workers

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The Swedish pidgdebatt revolved around whether or not tax deductions for the expenses of domestic workers should be allowed. It focused on the question of whether middle-class women who hire household help are creating a new class of marginal workers and perpetuating the regressive notion of “women’s work.” In other words, the debate is about the strong gendered division of labor where women are expected to manage child care, housework, and employment. Bowman and Cole say that the maid debate had two distinctive features. It began from the state 's interest to provide tax relief for service employment, but became a debate about the morality of this domestic employment. The debate revolved around several questions regarding who would benefit, what are the citizenship rights of house cleaners (since they were often undocumented), should household work be commodified, and whether or not the employment relationship was exploitative. Women are accused of exploiting one another and of sustaining inequality due to the boundary that exists between employee and employer when hiring household workers, that doesn 't exist in other labor markets. In other words, women are improving at the expense of other women. In the mid-1990s, Sweden had a proposal to provide tax relief for families who employ workers to perform housework that launched the maid debate. The proposal stemmed from the belief that if households are considered units of production and consumption, deducting those

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