an old friend of mine hired a cleaning lady. i'm trying really hard not to judge them too harshly for it, because we have been friends since our elementary school days, and good ones too, but a part of me does.
i know how people who clean for a living often have to work under precarious circumstances, either they do it as illegal employment and therefore have no insurance or through an agency, which means shit payment.
i'm just pissed that cleaning doesn't get the same social prestige (and/or other privileges) other kinds of work get and i think if you hire someone who cleans for you a lot of responsibilities come along with it. i think personally i wouldn't be comftortable with employing a cleaner unless i could pay them, i don't know, 2000$ or something like that.
weirdly enough i also have another friend who actually does clean for a living, illegally, because they are an immigrant who's not allowed to work yet. also they don't have their residence authorization, so yeah, fun stuff.
i know many people who do this kind of work and for most of them it's a second or third job they have to take, to make ends meet. so i guess what i'm saying is i know that many people who clean do it out of an existential necessity, there's an element of force behind it, as cliche as that sounds, and i feel like people who are high-income earners take advantage of that situation, be it conscious or not.
this post ended up being some sort of unstructured rambling, it's not entirely thought-through and may be a little incoherent, but i needed to vent and try to work through those feelings of alienation towards some of my RL friends. And also i'd be really interested in your insights, maybe some of you want to share their thoughts?