Matriarchy is Back, Kind of
When Nicole has to work late, her husband Gary slips a hot meal between her and her laptop. He does the shopping, dishes and most of the cleaning.
Nicole has neither time nor interest in the domestic sphere. She's too busy as the breadwinner in their household, bringing home significantly more bacon as a television producer.
He's got flexible, low paid job and therefore has more time for these duties.
Yulia has interest, but no time for the domestic sphere. She's too busy as the breadwinner in their household, bringing home significantly more bacon as a pharmacist.
Her husband Ivan is unemployed as it is difficult for middle-aged men to find a decent job. He does reluctantly the shopping, never the dishes or the cleaning.
Nicole and Gary are from Toronto. Yulia and Ivan are from Veliko Tarnovo.
Bulgarian women have gained significant independence in what comes close to a sexual revolution in a macho country. They excel in juggling successfully between professional and household obligations.
In politics, the big macho made way for a few ladies, who turned out to be just his good girls. And survived.
What will it take for ordinary Bulgarian women to survive the return of matriarchy-minus-authority?
Ivan should swallow his pride, or, rather, be so proud that pride will not allow him to let his wife win the bread and then have to clean and wash up. At age 47 (a lot of years ago now) in the UK I was made redundant and my wife became the main bread winner, my conscience would not allow me to see her work all day and clean and wash up at night when she got home. I was redundant, on and off for 2 years, when I finally got a good job back I still did (and still do) some of the work she used to do prior to my redundancy, in other words we both worked and so shared out the housework. Now I am quite happy to do most of the cooking, work outside, do the fires, bring in the fuel and various other jobs. My Wife cleans but that does appear to be a female forte, they see dirt that men miss and so are (in the main) the most efficient at this chore.