First of all, I rarely blog, the Muse and I having separated a while ago. So two posts in a day is certainly a momentous occurrence, personally.
Now that we have that out of the way, read this.
Once you do, come back here and if you’re a man, imagine, for the next five minutes – that you’re a woman.
1. In that daily allowance, you need to provide for sanitary napkins/ cloth for five days each month.
2. In that daily allowance, you need to provide for soap to wash yourself – at least for those five days every month.
3. In that daily allowance, you need to provide for a minimum of two pieces of clothing – one for the upper torso and one for the lower.
4. In that daily allowance, you need to provide for your children, since in an overwhelmingly patriarchal society, it would not be conventional to expect your husband/ male of the house to forgo his food for that of the children.
In many cases, you don’t get that ‘daily allowance’ since you don’t earn.
You don’t earn because you’re spending the day cooking and feeding the children, scavenging for food or tending to the older members of the family.
Or – you don’t earn because you are too frail to do manual labour and do not possess any other employable skills.
Or – you are pregnant.
That is just a smidgen of what it means to be a woman.