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2013-08-13 10:51:29

A woman's work is never done — or so the saying goes. Though women still do about two thirds of household chores, the division of labor may depend on what her mate does for a living. New research by University of Notre Dame Sociologist Elizabeth Aura McClintock shows that when married or cohabiting men are employed in heavily female occupations — like teaching, childcare work, or nursing — they spend more time doing housework, compared to when they are employed in traditionally male...

Cohabiting Couples Do Not Share Chores
2013-01-24 11:22:36

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study from Cornell University featured in a recent edition of Qualitative Sociology discovered that working-class couples who live together without marrying take on more traditional roles in regards to housework. The researchers discovered that cohabiting women complete a disproportionate amount of housework even when the women want to share the housework or when women are the only ones making money. "When men...

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2008-04-04 10:15:00

Exactly how much housework does a husband create? ANN ARBOR, Mich."”Having a husband creates an extra seven hours a week of housework for women, according to a University of Michigan study of a nationally representative sample of U.S. families. For men, the picture is very different: A wife saves men from about an hour of housework a week. The findings are part of a detailed study of housework trends, based on 2005 time-diary data from the federally-funded Panel Study of Income...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'