Sociological Evidence Of Domestic Labour And Moder

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Using sociological evidence, examine the view that domestic labour is shared equally within the modern family Domestic Labour is household tasks. It includes cleaning, cooking and childcare. These roles are divided between men and women, Young and Willmott 1973 carried out a study which they say that domestic work is being share more equally and women were getting a fairer deal. The British Social Attitudes Survey (BSAS) also carried out several surveys and they also found that families and relationships are becoming more symmetrical. Both say that the family is becoming a symmetrical family. A symmetrical family is where both partners do housework, both partners look after the children; both partners have paid work and spend quality time together. This means that there is an increase in men and women starting to share the household tasks. On the other hand Feminists believe that men get an “easy life”. Feminists believe that society is patriarchal; this means that men dominate the society. The men are controlling women, making key decisions and men are not carrying out their fare share of the housework. Ann Oakley found that only 15% of men had a high level of participation in housework and only 25% of men had a high level of participation in childcare. This shows that men are not helping out their partners like Young and Willmott found out. Also it shows that women have to do a “double shift”. This means that women go out to work in which they get paid. then they come home and work again domestically without being paid, where as men go to work get paid and then come home and lets their partner do all the housework. Bott 1957 studied conjugal roles (roles within a marriage), increasingly common since the 1970s is joint conjugal roles. This is where the couples share roles within their marriage. Dunscombe and Marsden found that women do a “triple
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