Sunday, 08 May 2011
Fifty years ago, it was the norm for the husband to bring home the bacon and his wife to fry it in the pan. He would be working full time and the only one out of the household working. The wife would stay home, cleaning, taking care of the children, and have a meal prepared for her husband when he got home from work. Times have changed.
Today, the economy pretty much requires two incomes to make end's meet in the common household. Most women are willing to go to work full time, and they are. But what about the household chores? Are men today helping out in that department?
It has always been my belief that men and women are equal, and so they should share things equally. In other words, if a woman is living with a man and she is working as much as he is, and contributing to an equal portion of the rent, bills, and other financial expenses as her spouse is, then he should be respectful enough to help out with cleaning and other “women’s work.”
Why should a woman be expected to share working and financial responsibilities and do all of the household chores? That would be pure nonsense. But unfortunately, I am seeing more and more examples of this expectation. To me, this is not just a sign of laziness, but a lack of respect. I mean, it’s only fair, right? What is wrong with a woman asking her man to help with a chore, and how is she supposed to react when he refuses or tries to get out of it?
I don’t know about anyone else, but I find it a turn on when a man helps his woman out around the house every once in a while. Now, I know that there is work that is conventionally described as “a man’s job,” like changing a tire and such. As for me, I wouldn’t mind at all helping a guy work on the car, I don’t find myself above doing things like that.
What do you think about gender roles today versus fifty years ago? In your household, who works and who is the housekeeper, or is it shared?