A friend and I are trying to figure out why some people have a problem with the word "maid" and heck, even the job. I have a friend whose friends want to yank her Liberal card because she hires a housekeeper. I told her she needs to hang out with conservatives instead. We believe in creating jobs and the fair exchange of money for labor.
I couldn't find the photo of Souad and Halima, the nanny/housekeeper and the cook Steve and Megan employed when they were in Morocco, so I'll use this instead. This is in Essouaira.
What's so bad about employing a maid? Why is it exploitive, Barbara Erhenrich or however you spell her name? What is so awful about paying somebody money to do something you don't want to do? Hardly anyone I know changes his own oil. Is paying Jiffy Lube exploitive? Is it wrong to get takeout rather than cooking for yourself?
My grandmother (mom's side) was a maid. She was a live-in maid for some rich families in Milwaukee before she got married. She worked six and a half days a week and was glad to have the job because let's face it: sometimes there aren't many career options for someone who had to leave school at 8th grade to help support her family. But she kept a clean house and could cook and guess what? Someone wanted to pay her for those skills.
Also not a maid photo but people can afford maids in Morocco,, which is where I took this photo, if they have normal US salaries.
My great-aunt Katie was not just a maid but she was the head housekeeper for a rich Milwaukee family. I think she had several people working under her. My grandmother (dad's side) spoke about aunt Katie with pride. She had done well, rising in her profession like that.
I would have a maid if I had the money. I had one in Memphis. It was wonderful to come home to a sparkling house once every three weeks. I would like it now. If I never had to clean another bathroom again as long as I live, that would be fine with me. If I never had to get down on my hands and knees to wash the kitchen floor, as I do once a week, Barbara "cleaning on your knees is submission" Ehrenreich, that would be great, but Barbara, that's how you get the floor clean.