Description Of The Word Housewife Essay

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Introduction

The word housewife takes its origin from a combination of the word house, a building for human habitation; and the word wife, a married woman from the perspective of her husband. The title is most widely used in referring to the occupation and state of a married woman whose work is unpaid within her home. There is often a negative connotation around the word housewife. It is readily associated with being unliberated and lazy amongst other things. However, we tend to accept definitions as objective facts so are less aware of potential bias..." (Lewis, pg.71) and we enable it to influence how we think and alter our attitude accordingly

Denotation

The denotation also known as the literal meaning of a term(Lewis, pg.35) based on the source may be subjective and misleading especially depending on who, when and where it’s interpreted from. According to the Cambridge and Merriam-Webster dictionary, a housewife is a woman whose work is inside the home, doing the cleaning, cooking, etc., and who usually does not have any other job. Similarly, another relative descriptive definition from Wikipedia is as follows, a housewife is a woman whose main occupation is running or managing her family 's home—caring for and educating her children, cooking and storing food, buying goods the family needs in day-to-day life, cleaning and maintaining the home, making clothes for the family, etc.—and who is generally not employed and whose spouse usually earns the family income.…

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