After all, Brady’s essay was published in 1971, well after these issues had been stated and re-stated by many noted feminists.
Her essay refuses to become dated because it achieves the force of a punch through its organization, format, voice, tone, and irresistible appeal to its audience.
When I meet people at school that I like and want to entertain, I want a wife who will have the house clean, will prepare a special meal, serve it to me and my friends, and not interrupt when I talk about things that interest me and my friends.
I want a wife who will have arranged that the children are fed and ready for bed before my guests arrive so that the children do not bother us.
My wife must arrange to lose time at work and not lose the job. I want a wife who will keep my clothes clean, ironed, mended, replaced when need be, and who will see to it that my personal things are kept in their proper place so that I can find what I need the minute I need it.
It may mean a small cut in my wife’s income from time to time, but I guess I can tolerate that. I want a wife who cooks the meals, a wife who is a cook.is devoted to today’s women considered as full human beings.”) One of the shortest pieces in the package — just one page — turned out to be one of the most durable: “I Want a Wife,” by Judy Syfers. Not too long ago a male friend of mine appeared on the scene fresh from a recent divorce.She’d written it as a speech for a rally in San Francisco the previous year, and it also appeared in the premiere stand-alone issue of Syfers — who soon retook her unmarried name, Judy Brady — continued to work as an activist for the rest of her life, traveling to Cuba and Nicaragua and working to fight environmental pollution. Her essay presages the idea of the now well-known I belong to that classification of people known as wives. He had one child, who is, of course, with his ex-wife. As I thought about him while I was ironing one evening, it suddenly occurred to me that I, too, would like to have a wife. I would like to go back to school so that I can become economically independent, support myself, and, if need be, support those dependent upon me. And while I am going to school I want a wife to take care of my children.I want a wife who will take care of the details of my social life.When my wife and I are invited out by my friends, I want a wife who will take care of the babysitting arrangements.She returned home and finished the essay in a few hours. Magazine, founded by Gloria Steinem and others in 1971.The magazine began as an insert in New York magazine, and for a small publication, It addressed the issues surrounding second wave feminism (feminism moving into modernity) in a way that a lengthy objective article couldn’t touch.I want a wife to keep track of the children’s doctor and dentist appointments. I want a wife to make sure my children eat properly and are kept clean.I want a wife who will wash the children’s clothes and keep them mended.Needless to say, my wife will arrange and pay for the care of the children while my wife is working. I want a wife who will plan the menus, do the necessary grocery shopping, prepare the meals, serve them pleasantly, and then do the cleaning up while I do my studying.I want a wife who will care for me when I am sick and sympathize with my pain and loss of time from school.