Don't Assume I'm a Bad 'Handyman' Just Because I'm a Woman

jenny isenman with drill

Today, my new neighbor came by looking for my hubby.

"He's sleeping," I told him.

"Oh, well. Would you mind sending him by when he wakes up? I just had a quick question," he said as he walked off.

"Do you need to know how to spell something? Because then it'd be worth waiting for him to wake up," I replied. "Otherwise, I may be able to help."


"Well, I don't know what to use to anchor the hurricane shutter panels, and I'm leaving for the season, so if you could send him over ..." he answered dismissively, barely turning around.

"You need metal clips. They look like this," I explained, walking him to the garage and giving him one. Then I told him where he could get them and how many he'd need.

"Okay," he said, looking bewildered. "Thanks. I'll return your clip tomorrow."

"Keep it as a souvenir of the time a woman answered a 'manly' question," I joked.

Okay, fine, I didn't say the last part, but it was strongly implied. And I wish I had.

Listen, I'm a girly girl through and through. I have a fresh gel mani, I've been known to wear stilettos to the playground, and I can rock a fedora on a field trip.

But I'm also the one who set up our surround sound, fixes drawers, WD40s squeaky hinges, and put together a 10-foot buffet from IKEA with nothing more than encouragement and positive reinforcement from the hubs. Oh, and a hand-delivered latte.

Do not come to my house and assume I don't know what's up with the "Mr. Fix-It" jobs simply because I'm a woman. It's not the freakin' '50s (not that women couldn't fix things back then -- I'm guessing they probably could). Men, give us the benefit of the doubt. We may surprise you.

The truth is, in my house if you want something fixed, need a tool, need advice on where to buy a pressure cleaner ... I'm your "man." If you need some grammatical advice, or have a bunch of numbers that need to be added together tout de suite (and can't find a calculator), my husband's your guy. So leave the stereotypes on our doorstep, please!

Are you good at fixing things around the house, or do you leave those "manly" jobs for your husband to do?


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