Hope Stacey Essay

1642 WordsMar 22, 20137 Pages
For years the traditional family type was dominant in terms of having a male breadwinner and a house wife to take care of the house. It seemed over the years that families had started to evolve in a more egalitarian family type where the labour both in and out of the house is split equally between partners. Although the family may look different now due to women joining the work force, the role of the family within the home, specifically the division of housework, have not changed significantly. Women cannot escape the duties of the house which may include cooking, cleaning, planning and organization the family activities. Women now have to do twice the amount of work in this ‘egalitarian’ family than when they were part of the traditional family type. Studies on this topic have found many themes that contribute to this unfair division of labour, among them are gender roles, economic influences on gender, and power of better paying jobs. Gender roles are discussed in terms of the division of labour remaining gender specific. This infers that when women go to work, daughters or grandmothers help out with the household labour. In a few cases when the husband helps out, the women end up coming home and doing everything anyway due to different standards of cleanliness, organizing, and cooking. Economic influences on gender are discussed in terms of capitalism creating the male breadwinner ideology. The bourgeois are the capitalist’s who keep women out of the workforce due to not wanting to compete with the lower wages that women provide. Power of better paying jobs is discussed in terms of men receiving better paying jobs than women and using this to keep the women maintaining the house. In some cases when the women make more or equal, they continue to remain in charge of the housework or hire an individual to do it; it is rarely ever the husband that takes control of
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