A deluge of articles about emotional loads and how women carry most of the responsibility in relationships and parenting have circulated recently, which must mean they’re resonating with at least half of the population.
A cartoon clip from a Japanese anime series called Crayon Shin-chan, which was written and illustrated by Yoshito Usui, features a mother with two kids and a husband who barely makes it into the frame.
A Twitter user recently shared it with the caption “You haven’t mastered the art of multitasking until you’ve become a mom.”
The cartoon follows a mother of two as she goes through her morning with zero help from the man in her life.
She wakes up the kids.
She cleans up the kitchen and does the dishes – and yells at her husband to wake up as well.
Once he’s in the kitchen, she wastes a lot of time yelling at him, presumably for acting like her teenage son instead of her partner.
She brushes her kid’s teeth and gets him (mostly) dressed all on her own.
The father leaves the frame as the older child sits down for breakfast.
At which point Mom hurries off to tend to the baby and get herself ready for the day.
She manages to get herself and the baby (strapped to her back) and her kid (still pantsless) out the door.
Did the husband go to work? Back to bed? We’ll never know, because he doesn’t reappear in the clip – invisible, the way he most likely seems to this woman.
And people online didn’t miss the fact that he wasn’t helping out. Though some found it funny, others were quick to say that’s not the way relationships should be these days.
That doesn’t mean this isn’t the reality for many women, another point made on Twitter.
At least most people seem to be in agreement that it shouldn’t be this way, even if it too often is.
I think the complete lack of assistance on his part justifies any nagging.
— edumurphy (@razorsmile) February 27, 2019
That’s something, I guess. Not much, but it’s something.