Men Are Doing More

9 Dec

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Amazing news: Men are doing more housework. Women in relationships are no longer expected to be the sole chore-doers.

According to an article on Yahoo News, cleaning brands are starting to market more to men, do to the changing relationship dynamic.This was the first year in Tide’s 66 year history they showed a husband doing laundry in their ads. And men are starting to be featured more in diaper commercials.

As of 2011, Men do 16 minutes of housework a day, up 2 minutes from 2003. Women do 52 minutes of housework a day, down 6 minutes from 2003. There is a huge discrepancy towards the time commitment between men and women, but I’m willing to accept progress as progress.

After all, men do a third of the housework today (I’d prefer 1/2, but we’ll get there). That’s way up from men doing less than 1/5 of housework in 1965. Generationally, men doing housework is more acceptable. Sociologist Dr. Scott Coltrane describes it best, “Gender roles fall away when they no longer make sense.”

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3 Responses to “Men Are Doing More”

  1. clairekochmer December 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    While I am glad to see that house work is becoming more equalized, this article really irritated me. It claimed that one of the reasons men are able to do more house work is because their wives have become less controlling and over bearing. I find this completely ridiculous, and it embraces that negative stereotype of women. I found that while this article is talking about being progressive, the language it used to convey its message was very deeply rooted in gender stereotypes.

  2. jcjohnson3 December 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    I completely agree, the way the article was written makes women sound inherently bitchy. I wasn’t happy with the way they described women’s attachment to housework as an identity thing, either.

    It felt cliched and sexist. In the end, I decided that the overall message of the statistics was happy. Focusing on the facts helped me get through the article, and ignore the way the author butchered gender roles.

  3. cassiedebolt December 10, 2012 at 4:02 am #

    I didn’t agree with how the article portrayed women either. I tend to be the kind of person who likes things done a certain way but my stepdad is the same way. He is far more overbearing with things like that than my mom has ever been. The author forgets that it doesn’t have a ton to do with gender but the individual person.

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