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Gender Inequality

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Autor:  anton  12 March 2011
Tags:  Gender,  Inequality
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Gender Roles

Traditional role expectations for men and women and occupational role segregation are

still very significant fators in our society.

As an example I will show the most popular example that is righ in our homes.

What does it take to get couples to share the work?

Nearly two-thirds of all women would like men to do more, especially when it comes to

cooking and cleaning, according to a recent survey by

The survey found that 68 percent of women respondents said they were primarily

responsible for the housework in their home, but only 9 percent of men said they were

the primary homemakers. In addition, 69 percent of women said they were primary

responsible for cooking meals in their households, as compared with22 percent of men.

It also found that more than half of the men questioned-55 percent- were satisfied with

the balance of house-related duties. But only 34 percent of women were satisfied.

That is no surprise to Josh Coleman, author of the book "The Lazy Husband: HOW TO

GET MEN TO DO MORE Parenting and housework".

"In truth, women do more, "Coleman said. "And most men either don't see it or don't

realize it or don't value it".

Some guys still believe in the old stereotypes- that housework and childcare are still a

woman's responsability, and they have all kinds of excuses for not helping out, Coleman

said. He even has names for them:

-The "boy-husband" who is needy and pretends to be incompetent around the house.

-The "perfeccionist husband" who wants the house and kids to look perfect but doesn't

want to do the work himself.

-The "Satatus seeker husband" who puts his career before his familly and spends little

time at home.

-The "I get no respect husband" who doesn't want to look weak, so he makes excuses

and avoids helping out because he believes his wife won't respect him if he does more

housework and parenting

Others have no idea that their wifes do so much, Coleaman said. But the reality is

that "their wifes are typically doing much more than their mothers did".

And it's even tougher on women who work outside the house, Coleman said. "Men don't

appreciate working moms-they don't appreciate the amount of guilt and worry they feel"

as they try to juggle work while keeping house and raising a family.

On the other hand more men are helping out than ever before-especially those in their

20s, who probably do more than those in any other group. "Most guys feel, 'Gee, I'm

doing so much more than my dad ever did, and even than my guy friends do, so why

doesn't she just see that and give me a break?" Coleman said.

But it's still not enough, he said. One recent study showed that women spend an average

of 11 more hours a week on housework than men.

Scott halzman, a Brown University professor and marriage therapist who recently

published a book called "Secrets of a Happy Married Man", agrees that women tend to do

more. But on the flip side, he said, " I think women underestimate what men do."

First, most men have a longer commute and put in more hours at work than women do,

so they don't have as much time to work around the home, Haltzman said. And, he

contends, most men would willingly give up the responsibility of being the prime

breadwinner in the familly. "But until our wives tell us we don't have to worry so much

about paying for college and making the mortgage, we're going to take on those roles."

In addition, he said, much of what men do in and around the home is taken for granted.

For example, he said, "If on the way in, I happen to notice that the fender is off the

kids'bicycle, I might fix it. I might pump up the kids's tires with air, or the

kids'basketballs with air, but she might not notice these things that I do because they're

not on her list. But we're recognizing these things need to get done, and we take care of


The same stereotypes also apply to women, Coleman noted. "In general, if someone

comes over to the house and the house is a mess, they're not going to say, 'this guy is a

slacker.' We will pin it on the woman. The same with if little Johnny shows up with torn

jeans and peanut butter on his pants- 'what was mom thinking?' There is still a lot of

prejudice that women should be responsible for the house and kids. The women have

more pressure".

Fairness is the key, Coleman said. He notes in his book that women who do an unfair

amount of housework and parenting are more likely to get divorced and to suffer from

depression and anxiety

When men help out, the children are happier and their wives are happier. In fact, he

says, a marital researcher found that women are more interested in having sex when

they are married to men who are more willing to do housework.

Coleman said he believes the happier the couples is with their relationship, the more

likely they are to share cores. "In those households where men feel liked or appreciated

by their wives or their parents, they tend to do more housework. It isn't because

housework is important to them. It's because they know it's important to their wife or

their girlfriend and they want to make them happy."

'Lazy Husband' exuses

Excuses of the lazy husband, taken from the book,"The Lazy Husband" by Joshua


-"I earn more than you and therefore shouldn't have to do anything when I get home."

-"I'm too tired to help."

-"I don't know how.

- I contribute in other ways. I shouldn't have to do this, too."

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