Domesticity has been portrayed throughout the story; it shows the effects of marginalization towards female characters who do not adhere to the typical socials norms and roles. Mrs. Fullerton is an individual who does not fit in with her new, younger neighbors. Jane had explained to Mary that “‘I asked her to babysit for me once and she practically spit in my face. She is not exactly a charming old lady, you know'” (Munro 72). Mrs. Fullerton is viewed differently by her neighbors as she is not the typical stereotype. They grant her a role based on her age, therefore, they thought that she would be the typically loving, and caring grandma figure for the community who would babysit their kids. When they realized that she does not carry herself in that manner, this triggered the community to turn on her and dimish her standing in society by ostracizing her, as she is useless to them. In general, the suburban women of the community are the ones who organize events, parties, compete with each other based on looks, and gossip (68). Munro illustrates their domesticity when she describes how “most birthday parties were attended by mothers as well as children. Women who saw each other every day met now in earrings, nylons and skirts, with their hair fixed and faces applied” (69). Therefore, since it is meaningless compared to a male’s workday it is socially acceptable for a woman. Edith was put in a powerless position compared to her husband, because as “she was surrounded in her kitchen by the ruins of the birthday party — cake and molded jellies and cookies with animal faces” (68). He would be outside “working around their houses” (67). This shows that Edith’s position compared to her husband is unimportant, as she can only work from inside the household, while he works outside maintaining their home. Therefore, she is marginalized by her spouse as she is alienated from the hardships of the outside world, and can only care for her kids and looks. Lastly, the men of the community, Garden Place, hold positions of authority over women. Munro narrates: “Edith brought a pen and they spread the petition for the lane, which Carl had drawn up … People began to sign mechanically as they said goodbye. Steve was still scowling slightly; Carl stood with one hand on the paper, businesslike, but proud” (71). Men are given more respect and power than women in this community as they deal with important issues such as earning money for their families as well as dealing with political issues such as creating the lane deal (70-71), therefore earning their higher status over women in their own eyes. When Mary tries to defy the lane deal and put herself in a more important position than Carl’s opinion, she was quickly shut down and ignored due to her gender as well as alienated from social groups within the community as she has a different perspective of the situation. Domesticity, throughout Munro’s story, proves that when women do not adhere to norms, it will lead to their marginalization. Swaying from the norms in society for women will subject them to criticism.