SOCB49 – Lecture 7 (Feb. 25 2013)
Women are more likely to do things that need to be done
daily with timelines, men do more things that they can take
Women are like a switchboard, doing many things at once.
o Example: Talking on the phone while folding laundry.
Working women work 10-12 times longer (a month extra, per
year) than their working husband.
Couples that shared the housework were the happiest, and
had the most sex.
Notion of “unsaid conversation” : couples have expectations,
but they don’t talk about it with their partner.
Why is housework an important issue?
It’s an issue that is rarely talked about but so heavily affects
the relationships within a family. People tend to ignore its
It is reproductive labour.
o Enables a new generation of labour force to be raised
for the future.
o Important because it makes sure that current labourers
are taken care of and able to go back to work the next
Changing norms, roles, and practices
o Women now work full time jobs. Stay-at-home moms
are rare. This requires the couple to have to negotiate
who does what housework.
o Couples have high expectations at the beginning of the
relationship/marriage; these also have to be negotiated
at the practical and emotional level. Couples don’t talk
about this stuff when they start dating. Can lead to
conflicts and tensions.
Fertile ground for satisfaction and marriage happiness
o 17% of divorce is caused by problems and conflicts in
housework. Confirmed by a Dutch study.
o Housework is an important factor in the stability of a
Changes in Statistics Canada.
o Some woman (maybe a group of them) forced StatsCan
to change its definition o