Exploring Women’s Domestic Labor and Gender Dynamics in the Context of Fifth Wave Feminism.

The advent of ‘soft girl life,’ the idea of ‘feminine energy,’ and a surge of highly divisive feminine content represents an escalating phenomenon. The fifth wave of feminism has dawned, shedding light on the future of work and current gender dynamics. For a comprehensive understanding, please refer to my essay, “The Fifth Wave of Feminism: A Critical Analysis of the Western Female Empowerment Model (WFE)”.

Deena Al Jassasi
3 min readMay 27



Historically, the degree of women’s involvement in work and their public presence speak volumes about the level of advancement of a particular society. The more regressive the society, the more concealed women’s roles are, and vice versa. It’s striking to realize how empowering one-half of the population inadvertently uplifts the other half — a truly groundbreaking concept. There’s been considerable fluctuation in women’s rights over time. After emerging from the slump marked by the dehumanization and suppression of women, we are now on an upward trajectory. We possess the potential to reach an unprecedented level of rights, freedom, and respect. Currently, the collective condition of women ranges from distressed to highly satisfied, positioning us at an average satisfaction rating of C/C+.

This satisfaction hinges primarily on three aspects: legal-socio-economic background and emotional intelligence (EQ) level. If a woman is fortunate enough to be born under favorable circumstances — where she is seen, heard, and considered — and possesses a high EQ level, she stands a better chance at a comfortable life. On the flip side, being born under harsh conditions and with low EQ could signify a life riddled with misery and suffering.

Recently, there has been a surge in female-centric content advocating for marrying rich, intertwining love and materialism, and raising questions about whether this trend is driven by evolution or capitalism, nature or nurture. I argue it’s a combination of both, marking one of the primary failures of our current female empowerment model. The disregard for hormonal factors plays a significant role in women’s dissatisfaction. We see dissatisfaction and inequality, even in Scandinavian countries. Despite policies promoting generous parental leave, subsidized childcare, and flexible work arrangements, they cite deeply ingrained gender norms as the primary issue (Gornick and Meyers, 2019).

From this debate, two ideologies emerge:

1) Increasing the hours males contribute to domestic work and continuing to challenge gender norms.


2) Shifting the financial responsibility from a 50/50 split to majority or entirely carried by men, thus counterbalancing the uneven dynamics and fostering female autonomy. She chooses whether to domestically work or to hire to housekeeping.

Recently, the second group has gained considerable traction on social media. There’s been a fierce backlash against the concept of an equal partnership, citing the unaccounted hours of unpaid domestic labor and constant exhaustion. Hence, there’s growing appeal for a ‘soft life’ and a rise in ‘feminine energy,’ which promote a more meditative and relaxed lifestyle.

In contrast, the fifth wave of feminism advocates for continued work but demands a shift in its nature. It insists that the future of work should align with female cycles and lifestyles, challenging the traditional patriarchal 9–5 work hour model.

In conclusion, the crux of this discussion lies in choice. Amplification and thoughtful consideration of female voices broaden our options. What do women want? How can we enhance the quality of their lives? As long as an ideology or lifestyle doesn’t glorify exploitation and abuse, individuals should be free to choose their path. Welcome to the fifth wave of feminism.



Deena Al Jassasi

Building a mentally healthier tech tomorrow Brainz.Health. Creator of ‘The Guide To Hacking Your Psyche’: psychology, warfare + spirituality.