REVIEW: The Mixed Messages of “Maid”—New Netflix Series Addresses Domestic Abuse, Poverty, and Social Work


Maid (Netflix Series)


Molly Smith Metzler

October 1, 2021

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Am I a survivor?

I left my emotionally abusive husband 10 years ago, and I'm not healed. I do not feel like a survivor. I still have chronic anxiety, I am still living in poverty, I am not confident or strong. I'm just a shell of the wonderful, magical, and charming woman I was before. Just because I was able to leave does not mean that I'm surviving.

jude more than 1 year ago


Dear Jude,
My apologies. I just saw your letter. Please forgive my delayed response. Yes, in most cases of divorce, the woman loses a great deal financially, and also so much community and social support goes to her former spouse. I have some ideas that I would like to share with you that may be helpful. Please write a confidential email to me at www.sarakaysmullens,com, and tell me how I can contact you. Again, sincere apologies for this delay, With caring thoughts, SaraKay

SaraKaySmullebs 258 days ago

maids of the old South

To learn true stories of maids gathered by two African American academics, one an MSW social worker, you must read our The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South (pb, LSU Press). The stories are both heart-breaking and heart-warming told by women of resilience.

Katherine Stuart van Wormer more than 1 year ago

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Katherine, thank you so much for writing, I lived this story in my home and city, as I grew up under the horror of Jim Crow. My life was forever changed by two women who cared for me, one when I was very young -- the other in latency years, In very young years I went to the home of my beloved Rita; refused to leave her, as she was relegated to the back of the bus; slept in her bed with her; and went to church with her on Sundays. Hers was the most beautiful voice in the choir. I was with Rita just before she died. The second woman who cared for me, Louise, not my mother, was with me when my first daughter was born and stayed for several days following to offer love and support, Their love was my blessing, and has motivated so much that is important to me in my life,

SaraKay Smullens more than 1 year ago

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