Anyone who can iron can adeptly use an electric sander and believe me, sanding is way more satisfying and long-lasting!
Having made this discovery I then realised similar parallels across a range of kitchen appliances that have been traditionally dismissed as the domain of "womens work" and thus worth less in economic terms than comparable men's work. Here, using an electric sander, a traditionally male endeavour, would be valued as skilled work and paid at an award rate of pay, whereas ironing is regarded as either "a love job", or paid at a minimal hourly rate.
Believe me, any man that can handle a power sander can handle an iron, at least as well as I can!
Here's some familiar kitchen appliances and their parallel power tool to mark a case in point!
A mix master is but a smaller version of a concrete mixer. Both involve reading recipes, mixing, pouring and filling a container in order to create the end outcome. If a woman can use a spatula, it's just a case of adapting its use to a broader scale!
If your bloke can mix concrete, he can make a cake!
Next comes the electric knife. Right now you probably guessed I was about to compare it to using a chainsaw. Wrong. A chainsaw is a potentially fatal appliance that should not be used without adequate practical and occupational health and safety training. Letting any man or woman loose with a chainsaw and no such training is the equivalent to letting unlicsensed drivers loose on our roads. But it's not such a great leap from an electric knife to using a power drill, or nailer.
However, any woman who is able to safely use an electric meat saw, should be able to transfer those skills to safely using a jigsaw. As for mowing the lawn, or using a vacuum cleaner, the parallels are all too obvious. Both are tedious work. It's a case of practice makes perfect!
Power tools, like kitchen appliances are available over the counter. Health and safety precautions and sensible use should be paramount to the user. The more you use them, the more your confidence grows in their handling.
I enjoy using my electric sander, hedge clippers, jig-saw and drill, way more than I enjoy ironing or baking cakes. I believe using such kitchen appliances as opposed to power tools requires the same skill set and knowledge of operation and safety. Why then such traditional discrepancies in how traditional areas of male and female work are valued in the 21st century?