I (Don’t) Want A Wife

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Editor’s Note: This essay is an homage and COVID-era update to to Judy Brady’s classic satirical feminist manifesto, “I Want a Wife,” which originated as a speech at a San Francisco protest in 1970.  This essay appeared in the first issue of Ms. in 1971.

“I Want a Wife” was funny, yes, but it also made a serious point: Women who were “wives” did many considerate things for their families, usually without any recognition. Of course, these wifely tasks could have been done by someone who wasn’t a wife—like a man.

Read Brady’s original essay, “I Want A Wife,” (1971) at the end of Trinkle’s.

As it appeared in New York magazine, December 20–27, 1971. When Ms. was launched as a “one-shot” sample insert in the magazine, few realized it would become the landmark institution in both women’s rights and American journalism that it is today….

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