The annual birthday or Christmas gift challenge has become an easy task for my husband since the day we met. Nothing makes me happier than adding new tools to my collection, no matter how big or small, even a box of assorted screws makes me happy. And if he is unsure, an even better gift is a Bunnings gift card. Although I have to say, I always raise an eyebrow when I see Bunnings’ mother’s day ads.
Bunnings’ idea of the perfect mother’s day gift are usually plants, pots, plant care equipment, plant propagation stations, solar garden lights, garden cleaning tools, there is literally a leaf blower in there to give mom as a present, that is like giving mum a vacuum for Christmas. Hey Bunnings! Some women like to use circular saws and build things, we don’t just spend our days potting around in the garden making sure the lawn is green and the flowers watered!
Bunnings’ father’s day gift ideas are neatly categorised into ‘Every Type of Dad’, apparently there is the entertainer, the DIYer, the gardener and the tech dad. So basically any Bunnings product is suitable for men, women on the other hand should remain in their little nursery flock and exchange tips on when to plant their hydrangeas and debate about worm poo versus compost. Far, far away from the tool shop…
I always love the fact that there are so many women working at Bunnings stores (and not just in the nursery) so I really don’t understand why the biggest hardware store in the country is drawing this big fat line between the genders in this regard.
I guess I have gotten used to walking around Bunnings like it’s my second home (it is my second home, lets not kid ourselves) that I forget that there is still a lot of work to do in terms of gender equality and changing these static gender stereotypes and definitions of what a woman’s and a man’s interests should be, there really shouldn’t be any difference made at all. My husband for example is a chef, he loves cooking and spending hours in the kitchen working his magic, which is, as per our good old fashioned tradition, assigned to the female gender role. I hate cooking and prefer making lots of noise in the workshop building things until I’m being called in for dinner. Which we will then eat sitting on the daybed I built. So at the end of the day, everyone is pulling their weight in the household, it’s just a ‘modern’ distribution of chores that are different to the generally accepted gender roles in a man-woman relationship.
I hope that by showing up on my public profiles and sharing my love for tools, woodwork and doing all the ‘man things’ while wearing mascara and a bra, I can encourage other women to shake off the gender role that has been defined for us (not by us!) and try something new.
You don’t have to be a nursery-mum, you can be a chainsaw-mum!
And while writing this I got a bit angry with Bunnings and I think I will put on my Karen-hat and speak to the manager about their misogynistic concept of what women need from a hardware store as opposed to men.
To be continued.