The Difference Between Male and Female Attitude’s Towards Housework: Family of the Future

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The Difference between male and female attitude’s towards housework: Family of the Future Attitudes towards housework in nuclear families, kin that involve a couple with a child or children, have improved compared to the last ten or fifteen years ago in Canada. The difference between these changing attitudes has led towards a more equal division of work between genders within the household. The family as an institution continues to meet the basic needs of the members involved, but have taken on many shapes in size. This paper will compare the attitudes towards housework in a Canadian nuclear family. Historically, the division of the labor was based on the gender of the family member and house work was there to ensure the families survival as a unit for example cleaning and disinfecting the home ensured that there was no bacteria and germs were laying around to cause a family member or to get. Cooking is another example of housework that ensures the survival of the family unit. Attitudes towards housework is one aspect that is important in a spousal relationship and “since the early 1970s, a great deal of research has been done on the division of household labour[and] most of this research suggest that women do the majortity of the housework, regardless of such labor is defined and virtually independent of employment status” (Harpster &Monk-Turner,46).The introduction of more women into the employment market began the questioning of attitudes that influenced the division of unpaid labor in the household. Though the aim of this paper is to discuss attitudes towards housework research demonstrates that far more couples believe in an equal division of labour than practice. For example, during holiday seasons women tend to take on the responsibility of organizing family functions such as: cooking the festive family dinner, Christmas card distribution, and
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