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TerrariaMum Fri 07-Nov-14 10:00:20

I am not sure whether to post here or in FWR chat, but I am starting here. I don't intend this to be a TAAT, more that it was inspired by a thread.

I was reading the AIBU thread about faffing and I found it interesting how many women seemed to take pride in how little time they took to do things. There is nothing wrong with this, of course. Efficiency is a good thing.

I wondered though how much of this pride is tied up within the idea that women are socialised not to take up space. So the less time you take to do things, the less space you are taking up and thus you may sometimes inconvenience yourself to not inconvenience other people.

Of course, there is also the horrible stereotype that women take forever to do anything and some of the pride in non-faffing or efficiency is in not being like THOSE women.

This is a bit of a sensitive subject for me as I am dyspraxic and thus it does take me time to do things that involve my hands like getting out bank cards or being an efficient loo user (though that is more likely to be from gestating 3 DCs).

I just wondered if anyone else had noticed this and made the connection. I could be completely wrong of course and feel free to tell me if so, but I would love to hear some other thoughts.

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