26 February, 2016

beige...take two

right up there with highly gendered boys' and girls' bedrooms (boys like sports, trucks, and camo! girls like princesses and butterflies and piiiiiink!) in most of the houses we've seen, there's also this bizarre anachronistic thing that they do in the famed double-sinked bathrooms - if you're lucky or rich (this was first sold to us as an upgrade in a fancy show home), you will have two sinks: one higher and one lower. this, i presume, translates to one sink for the tall brawny man-beast husband, and one sink for the dainty lady wife. the first time i saw it, i thought it was some weird one-off thing or possibly a drunk builder. the second, third, etc. i realised i was dealing with a physical manifestation of serious systemic problems.observe below:




3 comments:

Zhoen said...

That's just.... that's weird. I could understand a really tall sink and one you could sit at... sort of, but this is just... wtf?

Lucy said...

I stumbled on an American website giving relationship and other advice recently, can't remember what it was, some of the stuff was sort of useful or interesting, some quite weird or unreconstructed, but there was a list of tips for men to be better husbands, and one of these was to remember to keep your wash handbasin nice and clean so wifey didn't have to clean up after you, and 'while you're about it, reach over and clean hers too'. His and hers sinks were clearly a given for the demographic the advice was aimed at. Mind you, it didn't say 'reach down and clean hers'...

Come to think, I remember now reading somewhere that difference in physical size between men and women is greater in countries where machismo and gender inequality is also greater, usually poorer less developed ones, but evidently Texas conforms to this tendency too!

polish chick said...

zhoen - WTF indeed.

lucy - i think it's a case of "nothing spells success like excess" coupled with status quo worshipping mentality (if it was good enough for my grandpappy and grandmammy, it's good enough for me). ugh.