Zodiac Sign · May 18, 2024

Comedian Kate Langbroek tackles the societal "glamour gap" on the 'Something To Talk About' podcast. Known for her aversion to shadow labor (think unpaid emotional work), Langbroek also admits to resisting societal beauty standards. "I can't be bothered," she says frankly.

While Langbroek appears styled on TV and in magazines, she confesses to a laid-back approach. "The wardrobe girls know I'm a lazy dresser," she laughs. "Even my boots have to have zips!" Her girlfriend playfully teases her for this, comparing her to a toddler.

Despite admitting a begrudging appreciation for the transformative power of clothing and the uplifting nature of beauty, Langbroek prioritizes practicality. "I'm busy," she explains. "Four kids, a husband, work – I just don't have the time or energy."

The Unseen Work Behind the Glamour: A Double Standard for Women on TV

Kate Langbroek tackles the unspoken issue of the "glamour gap" on TV. While male co-hosts like Waleed Aly might breeze in minutes before a show, female presenters can spend a whopping 90 minutes in hair and makeup.

"It's not fair and it's pretty crazy," Langbroek admits. But here's the catch: presenting a polished image is crucial for connecting with viewers. "If you're wanting people to wake up with you, I think it's nice that you've made that effort."

This double standard is just one aspect of the unseen work women take on. Langbroek calls it "shadow labor," the countless tasks that fall on women's shoulders, both at home and at work. From grocery shopping and meal prepping to managing logistics and emotional labor, it's a constant undercurrent.

The interview also delves into the concept of "shadow labor," the unpaid tasks that have become an increasingly significant part of women's lives. Langbroek acknowledges the domestic workload that falls disproportionately on women but seeks to find a sense of purpose in it.

"The labour at home is not shadow labour, it's my labour, life's labour," she explains. She encourages women to find ways to reframe these tasks as meaningful contributions to their families and communities.

However, Langbroek isn't all doom and gloom. She recognizes the power of humor and connection. Her new podcast, "The Buck Up," aims to offer a lighthearted escape from the daily grind. Laughter, Langbroek argues, is an essential ingredient for resilience and joy.

She emphasizes the importance of community, a sense of belonging that goes beyond trendy buzzwords. "Real community is linked by knowing each other," she says. When we connect with others, it lessens the burden of the world's problems.

Langbroek's own experience of moving to Italy with her family highlights the juggling act of modern life. While the initial response was one of admiration, the reality involves a constant balancing act – work, family, and the unseen labor that keeps it all running.

Despite the challenges, Langbroek finds a sense of purpose in it all. "I try to find something noble in it," she reflects. Her humor and ability to see the bigger picture are a testament to her strength and resilience.

A Conversation that Resonates

Langbroek's candid and insightful conversation touches on issues that resonate with many women today. She challenges societal expectations, highlights the importance of self-care, and emphasizes the power of humor and connection in navigating life's challenges.

Her words serve as a reminder that we are not alone in our struggles and that there are ways to find joy and purpose even in the midst of difficult times.

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