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A tradwife refers to a woman who fulfills a gender role generally regarded as traditional. In contrast to perceptions about traditional gender roles more middle and lower class women worked historically.

There are two variations found in historical tradition:

#Tradwife-1 is based on equitable labor sharing and commensurate value of husband and wife, or
#Tradwife-2 which is based on Western middle-class femininity of the mid twentieth century which values wives' security and comfort over that of husbands, as symbolized in the 1950s housewife.[1][2]

These two models, argue the advocates of traditional gender roles, create a delicate but eminently workable balance that has stood the test of time.

Tradwife-1 (non-gynocentric)

Tradwife-1 mirrors a pre Victorian era model consisting usually of non-gynocentric forms of traditionalism. It advocates a mixture of separate gender roles mixed with some role-sharing as might be seen on a traditional farm, homestead of 'cottage industry' of pre-industrialized Britain. This model assumes a commensurate valuing, interpersonal devotion, and labor contribution of husband and wife. [3]

Tradwife-2 (gynocentric)

The #Tradwife-2 aligns more with the post Victorian-era model of family and is promoted by advocates of a traditional gynocentrism, in which the wife's needs, wants and comforts are generally prioritized over those of her husband. In this model, men and women are called to adhere to strict ‘gender roles’ with the husband functioning as symbolic 'head of household' who protects the wife and labors to earn all the money, while she makes babies, apple pies, keeps the house clean. The model of the #Tradwife-2 is what many people refer to as the ‘two-spheres doctrine’ in which men and women are apportioned sovereignty over different realms – he over the political and labor realms, and she over the domestic and social realms.[4]

The Four Relationship Models

Below are the four relationship models alluded to in Peter Wright's introductory article:[5]

Relationship models.

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