CRTF #6 Conjugal Roles and Domestic Chores Factors: 2. Gender and Domestic Tasks

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  • Conjugal Roles and Domestic Chores Factors:                               2. Gender and Domestic Tasks
    • Time use survey 2005
      • Surprisingly there was little sign that the traditional sexual division of labour in the homes was chaning
      • Overall this survey found that 92% of women do some housework per day, compared with only 77% of men
      • In 2005, women still spent more time than men cooking, washing up, cleaning, tidying, washing clothes, DIY, and gardening tasks were still male dominated
      • Carried out by Lader Et Al (2006) found that own in paid work spent 21 hours on average on housework, compared with only 12 hours spend by men on the same
    • Gender and Domestic Takes -evaluation
        • For example, being responsible for cooking and cleaning is not the same as helping those tasks
        • Again, this aspect of gender division and domestic tasks is not revealed by time-use studies
        • McHahon -1999
          • Being responsible requires more thought and effort, it can be more tiring and more stressfull
        • there is a big difference between being responsible for a task and helpings with a tasks
      • B.URGANCY
        • McMahon - 1999
          • Women's domestic tasks, such as cooking and washing clothes are more urgent than typical male tasks such as gardening and household maintenance
        • Time-use studies say little about the urgency of tasks
        • Typical male tasks are more likely to be expressed and interesting and creative
        • Typical female tasks are often expressed as tedious, boring and monotonous
        • Allan - 1985
          • For example, some men regard DIY and gardening as hobbies rather than chores
        • Time-use studies tell us little about the amount of satisfaction women and men derive from domestic labour
      • A. TIME
        • Women tend to underestimate time spent on domestic labour
        • This often happens when several tasks are combines with childcare such as cleaning and preparing meals
        • Pleck- 1985
          • For example in one study men estimated they spend 11.3 hours a week on childcare, however their diary only showed 1.7 hours a weel
        • This often happens when several tasks are preformed at the same time
        • Leonard- 2000
          • As a result they underestimated the amount of time spent on childcare


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