Thursday, March 23, 2006

Are American Husbands Slackers?

Are American Husbands Slackers?

This is the latest article from Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks.


Warner, Hirshman, and other feminist critics compare the work men and women do at home but fail to properly account for their disparate obligations outside the home. Census data shows that only 40% of married women with children under 18 work full-time, and over a quarter do not hold a job outside the home.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2004 Time Use Survey, men spend one and a half times as many hours working as women do, and full-time employed men still work significantly more hours than full-time employed women.

When both work outside the home and inside the home are properly considered, it is clear that men do at least as much as women. A 2002 University of Michigan Institute for Social Research survey found that women do 11 more hours of housework a week than men but men work 14 hours a week more than women. According to the BLS, men’s total time at leisure, sleeping, doing personal care activities, or socializing is a statistically meaningless 1% higher than women’s. The Families and Work Institute in New York City found that fathers now provide three-fourths as much child care as mothers do—50% more than 30 years ago.

Feminists’ persistent criticism of men has combined with women’s traditional expectations of their husbands to place men in a double bind. A man may be a devoted caretaker of his children or a talented cook, but if he is unable to provide for his family, he is not respected. Yet when a man works long hours to fulfill the breadwinner role which he is still expected to perform, he is blamed for not contributing as much at home as his wife does.

Feminists are right to complain that with long work weeks, the high cost of child care, scant union protections, and inflexible workplaces, working women often face a trying juggling act. But they’re wrong to place the blame on husbands, who do their fair share and often make great sacrifices to provide for their wives and children.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This does not take in a count the amount of time the mother sleeps more than the father. Studies had shown that females sleep on average more than males of the same age.

The 202 Univerity of Michigan Institute for Social Research survey do not count the time the male spends doing the "outside" work of the home, such as cutting grass, repair/maintenance of the vehicles, etc. Males in general tend to be more efficent in doing tasks and complete these tasks in less time. There hace been studies that show that males would complete the same household tasks in less time and more ofen better than females. When the typical roles are reversed, where the male stays home to take care of the house, the house is better managed.

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