Judy Brady: I Want a Wife
... Brady: “I Want a Wife.”
Judy Brady’s essay, “I Want a Wife,” lists the duties and obligations of a wife, presented from the supposed viewpoint of the husband. Brady makes a comprehensive list of the roles the woman is expected to play as a wife and mother. She is to work and provide financial assistance for her spouse to complete school, take care of his clothes, maintain a clean and efficient household, provide him with good meals, entertain his friends, sympathize with his woes, help in his studies, satisfy his sexual needs and tolerate his infidelities. As the mother of his children, she is expected to take complete charge of the children’s needs, from feeding and clothing them to nursin...