The idea of cutting working hours for women to make them shorter than
those of their male counterparts seems a rash, thoughtless idea. To
think that the reason behind the careless statement by Vice President
Jusuf Kalla was to offer an opportunity to women to care more for their
children and family, as that is their traditional role, is even irksome.
Noble it might be, yet it amplifies the mainstream idea that the duty
to look after the kids and family is reserved only for mothers and
fathers can be happy-go-lucky parties. It’s like watching The Stepford
Wives movie in which the men take the role of the traditional wife very
seriously. Men need to realize women are not something they can mold
into their perfect housewives.