22 Oct 2018

Gemma Hartley - Fed Up

From Labour Day, 10:45 am on 22 October 2018
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Photo: Erin Edge https://erin-edge.squarespace.com

When did emotional labour become a 'thing' and who does it? Gemma Hartley asked for her bathroom to be deep cleaned for Mother's Day. It wasn't about the cleaning; it was about the process of finding the right firm to meet her budget, but she didn't want to do the emotional labour involved. Spoilers: It ended in tears. What is emotional labour, why is it that women end up doing most of it and how do we work out how to share the load?