18th November 2011 Moments of Domesticity

I was sat in the taxi office, nos­ing around as I waited. The wait­ing area was as much back­stage as frontstage; the place where the dri­vers came for their breaks. There’s a towel sqaushed over a rail, just out­side the toi­let door, and a reminder to keep on top on the domes­tic work. At a…

13th November 2011 The Changing Home’: Gertrude Williams’ Imagined Shifts in Domestic Work

In 1945, Gertrude Williams pub­lished Women and Work (part of the New Democ­racy Series, Nichol­son and Wat­son, Lon­don), ques­tion­ing ‘women’s place’ in the post-war indus­trial world in which many ‘cher­ished prej­u­dices have been turned topsy-turvy’ (1945: 9). I came across a copy of this book for the first time just a few weeks ago, and…

8th November 2011 Customer Service through Loyalty or Disaffection

At 11am this morn­ing, the phone rings. Some­one has tried to buy nearly three hun­dred pounds worth of ‘women’s coun­try cloth­ing’ online in my name (not a very likely sce­nario). A sales­per­son was alerted by some­thing about the dif­fer­ence and dis­tance between the alleged buyer (me) and the deliv­ery address (in Glas­gow). It’s part of…