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SOC 314 March 13th Readings

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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 offhas more leisure women do housework that is urgent is less leisure Much labour women perform is invisible it is the kind of work that family members do not notice unless the women fails to do it this further burdens women because men do not realize how small their contributions really arePower Struggles and Conflict in Dividing Domestic LabourMen not taking on housework suggests that housework is an unpleasant taskMens ability to avoid domestic labour is seen as a reflection of their greater power in the relationshipWomen handling majority of housework is problematic because they have leisure time and may suffer health issues due to lack of sleepexerciseHusbands lack of help may harm the martial relationship because wife may feel that his time is more valuable than hers and that he doesnt love her enough to help her outDomestic labour pattern similar with higher earning wives and dual earning couplesContinued Inequality for HigherEarning WivesMoney does not drive the division of domestic labour in couples with highearning wives women unable to trade their wages for less houseworkWives have to ask for help have different standards of cleaniness have differing timetables for performing choresGendered Labour and PowerCultural expectation that women are responsible for domestic labour undercuts whatever power might be available in the greater incomes these wives earn
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