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This is the real reason women are “control freaks”

Gemma Hartley
This is the real reason women are “control freaks”

As someone who writes often about emotional labor, I advocate for everyone to step up and do this type of work.  Good enough is never good enough for women—it’s always our way or the highway. At a family dinner, my great-uncle, loud-spoken and self-assured, pointed out to me a time years prior when he had decided to put in the emotional labor of booking flights for himself and my great-aunt, only to be met with anger because he had “done it wrong.” I hear this argument a lot: it’s not that men can’t or won’t do this work, it’s that they are chided when they try. Whenever I speak on the topic of emotional labor, interviewers and audience members almost always ask about women’s need for control.