Examine the View That Division of Labour Between Couples Has Been More or Less Equal

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EXAMINE THE VIEW THAT DIVISION OF LABOUR BETWEEN COUPLES HAVE BEEN MORE OR LESS EQUAL. [24 MARKS] Domestic division of labour means the gender roles of men and women played in relation to housework, childcare and paid work. For example, men are expected to do more DIY work while women are expected to do the housework and take care of the child by providing emotional support to them. Some sociologists believe that families nowadays are moving towards equality and that the families are becoming symmetrical. A symmetrical family is a family where ale the chores are shared equally between couples. Sociologists like Sullivan give reasons for a symmetrical family. An example of this is that there are more women working and that they are bringing in more money to help ensure that help can be hired, eg cleaners. Another example is commercialisation of housework, eg more ready meals, microwaves and washing machines mean that men do not mind doing these chores because they do not have to spend too much time on these tasks. Another example is the shifting social attitudes which mean that it is more accepted in society for men to do housework. Young and Wilmot’s give a few other reasons for a symmetrical family. One example is that families are becoming privatised- this means that families are more children cantered and spend more time at home. This privatisation has occurs because the families are more affluent- have more money- and due to geographical mobility- they have less help from nearby family members. On the other hand, another group of sociologists believes that families are not symmetrical. This group are known as feminists. A non-symmetrical family is a family where the chores are not shared between couples and that women have to do more work compared to men. The feminists reject the “March of view progress.” Oakley, a sociologist, gives view as to what happens
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