March 3 Lecture
Continue of motherhood
Experiences and realities of first time parents. study on becoming a parents
1st time mothers and fathers
avrg age was the midthirties
predictors of parental stress include
gender: mothers generally scored higher on prenatal stress index
men worried more about “realistic” things, example: sleep, no time with
women worried about loving the child, connection, ect.
strongest predictor of stress:
whether or not there was experience with
difficulties with getting & staying pregnant
support from families & friends
Women & Men & Work
Issues in the workplace
women and men’s salaries and homemakers
what jobs are never done by women? sperm donor lol
what types of jobs do men and women do?
men: “body required type of job”
women: “nurturing jobs in the past mostly”
changing? not so much
boys= more adventurous
girls= doing things in a nurturing way
Issues in the workplace:
“if they aren’t paid, is it still work?”
contradictions of the homemaker role “homemaker works full time in an unpaid job that is low in status, especially in
comparison to the idealized image of the ‘career woman’… p. 394
who does the housework?
is it shared?
although gender changes have been seen, housework and child related
care still is largely the responsibility of women (york longitudinal study)
study by Blair & Lichter
women do more housework
more psychologically stressful
when women work outside the house
proportion of total work done by men increases because women
are doing less because of work time
only more done by the men otherwise when egalitarian views are
is housework easy?
what do you think is the comparison in hours spent in housework
now as opposed to 1990? same*
is housework trivial?
homemaking ranked at the same level of complexity and skill as a
parking lot attendant
devaluation also evident at the societal level
not listed as an occupational title
monetary value not computed into the gross national product
what do women think?
worth? job description?
concerns about not bringing in income
but also freedom to make own schedulespursue other
interestscare for family
The twoperson career
women or men’s unpaid work benefits their partner’s career development (most often
the female partner performs the unpaid work but it can be the male parter at times
situations where wives are unofficial (and often unacknowledged) contributors
to their husband’s work
corporate wives (occasionally husbands)
types of responsibilities