Criticisms- is modern relationships more equal?

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    • INEQUALITIES IN DOMESTIC  DIVISION OF LABOUR
      • 2008 British Social Survey- 80%  of women said they "always/ usually did laundry"
      • European Social Survey 2010- Women in PW responsible for two-thirds of total time couples spent on housework
      • Women who have to make sacrifices
      • Elston's (1980)- Professional wives expected to take major responsibility for dealing childcare arrangement& housework
      • Women in PE are still primarily housewives
      • Domestic labour refers to unpaid housework and childcare
        • Clear inequality between gender
        • No pay, no pensions, no holidays& unlimited working hours
        • TOFNS 1997-  Time spent on unpaid work was valued at the same average pay rate in PE
      • Who benefits?
        • RF- Problem with patriarchy
        • MF- Contributing to reproduction of labour power& patriarchy
      • Oakley(1974) Disagrees with Young& Willmott- unconvincing evidence for symmetry
      • Boulton (1983)-Surveys exaggerates how much childcare men do
    • EMOTIONAL SIDE OF FAMILY- "TRIPLE SHIFT"
      • "Triple-shift"
        • Paid work, domestic labour, emotional work
      • Ducombe& Marsden (1995) Long term relationships held together by women
      • Additional work- Functionalists Parson view- "expressive role" now "instrumental" responsibilities
      • Taylor- Gooby(2005) Public attitudes gender equality doesn't apply to home
    • INEQUALITIES IN POWER& AUTHORITY
      • Decision- making
        • Edgell(1960)-  Women repsonsility in unimportant areas
      • Financial decision making
        • Pahl- growing individualisation in couples finances- independence
          • Men- Major earners - stronger bargaining than women

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