Me a domestic goddess? No, I just like a clean house | Barbara Ellen

Joanna Trollope is wrong to turn housework into some kind of battle between the sexes Anybody felt deeply fulfilled while cleaning the lavatory lately? No, me neither. Novelist Joanna Trollope (author of Aga sagas) has been talking about women and domesticity. According to her, while women are now in the workplace, they also try to dominate the domain because they’re “emotionally ambitious”. They want to make men dependent, then resent men for it. “You [women] can’t have it every which way,” says Trollope . “It’s classic passive aggressive behaviour.” She says women want to control the domestic arena “because it’s a manageable control”. “When you’ve had your heart broken, almost the best thing you can do is clean the bathroom – because tap polishing is one of the things you can control.” Continue reading...