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SOC 314 March 13th Tichenor reading

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thSOC 314 March 13 Readings Veronica Tichenor Gendered bargain Why wives cannot trade their money for houseworkIncome for domestic labour exchange becomes more complicated when husband is no longer sole breadwinner wife in workforce as wellAssumption that since women taking on paid employment there would be a more equal share of domestic labour not the case as mens domestic labour increased by a few hours per week not enough to be equalReason logic of conventional marriage contract which is if one spouse contributes more at work he or she should contribute less at home since men typically earn more than do their wives and often work longer hours in pursuit of these higher incomes their lesser contributions to housework and childcare are seen as legitimateHowever conventional marriage bargain breaks down when women bring money to the table they are unable to trade their income for domestic services from their husbandsTherefore the this suggests that the bargain implied by the marriage contract is gendered certain rights obligations or privileges are assigned by gender rather than by role performanceWomen seen obliged to perform nearly all the domestic labour even though their husbands are no longer providing the familys sole or major financial supportThe His and Hers of Domestic LabourCertain household chores mens jobs others womens jobsMen do house work that can be put of
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