While 'boy math' mainly justifies habits and unusual factors, Comeau used the same to highlight the difference in the idea of workload equality between men and women.
Men and women have their differences, which make them unique. Whether it is physique, emotions, or other aspects, men and women have different capacities and mindsets. Often, due to these differences, there emerges a sort of clash between men and women. For instance, the idea of working at home may be entirely two different things for a man or woman. Janel Comeau - who goes on X by @VeryBadLlama - explained the same using the concept of "boy math" in her recent post. Due to the trends, many are familiar with the "girl math" concept and are applying it in their lives.
According to Insider, the popular term "girl math" is used by girls all over the internet to explain how their purchases are useful and of value. The whole idea is to justify the purchase and its worth. This trend went viral and millions began adopting the idea. However, the "girl math" trend was only the beginning of the craze. What followed was "boy math." The boy's math has nothing to do with money or purchases. It is a rather unusual concept. The now-trending boy math is centered around boys' ridiculous and bizarre habits.
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With hilarious examples shared by several users, the trend sure took a liking towards the men. However, not so much the women. They believe this concept is nowhere close to their girl math and is undoubtedly the winner. Concerning this, Comeau posted, "Boy math is when he does the oil changes and snow shoveling and she does the cooking and laundry and he decides they have equal workloads because they both do two chores." While many may agree, several have other opinions. The conflict of thought revolved around the idea that men were unable to gauge the intensity of the work women do compared to men.
With different perspectives in place, it can get tough to understand the opposite sex. Several users thought an "oil change" is nowhere close to a daily cooking or laundry chore that is physically and mentally exhausting. @Hoodie_Milly said, "If you gotta give a few hours a day to cooking and cleaning, that's not comparable to a half-hour oil change once every 6 months."
While the man would ideally lean into chores like prepping the food, putting the baby to sleep and so on, the woman has more on her shoulders. She is likely to have to feed the baby from her own body in addition to other household chores like cooking, laundry, making the bed and possibly even work. Cosmeau's post bagged over 2 million views and comments were flowing in with contradicting opinions.
My husband goes to Costco every 6 weeks or so and purchases 8 items.— Chanandler Bong (@amyisquitebusy) September 26, 2023
I spend every weekend filling up a grocery cart with $300 of stuff at the actual grocery store. Select it, bag it, haul it home.
He said "I do half the grocery shopping."
If we're basing value off hours, assuming the girl does laundry once a week, and it takes 2 hours. And she cooks for one hour a day (taking off one day for eating out and not putting in more hours for holidays) she is doing 400+ hours a year. Now if we take snow shoveling (1/2)— Ella (@mozzar_ella_uwu) September 26, 2023
While Comeau's post encouraged weighing chores, commenters thought otherwise. @Vitalivour said, "To be fair, shoveling snow is an energy-intensive chore and changing the oil is time-consuming and can easily become very difficult depending on the car. Weighing chores against each other is asinine." All in all, several chose to go with the idea that chores should be split based on workload to achieve maximum efficiency and understanding.
boy math is when he does the oil changes and snow shoveling and she does the cooking and laundry and he decides they have equal workloads because they both do two chores— Janel Comeau (@VeryBadLlama) September 26, 2023