Em Rusciano ponders what the festive season would look like if women sat back and put their feet up for Christmas.
New research from The Body Shop Australia reveals that over half the nation (55 per cent) think that gender equality would be the best gift for Christmas.
Em Rusciano thinks so too and has teamed up with The Body Shop to spread the message of equality and empower women to drop the traditional stereotypes we often fall into over the holiday season:
"I mean, what would happen if the sun stopped shining for the Earth? If the rain stopped falling to the plants? Something akin to that - a natural disaster, should women stop doing everything at Christmas.
"I encourage women to maybe put in half their usual efforts, and then it's only going to be half-crap. Perhaps the next year it will be better. But we will have to sacrifice one Christmas to get the message across, and everyone has to be okay with that. If you’re anything like me, though - a Type-A personality, who likes everything to be just so - it's going to be tougher on you than on the family, who'll get presents wrapped in newspaper instead of the usual fancy paper, perfectly colour-coded with all the decorations on the tree.
"Maybe just have peanut butter on toast for Christmas breakfast. Or better yet, just peanut butter spread on a bus ticket. You have to be okay with standards dropping, and I think that’s going to be just as hard. But let’s try, for all of our sake!"