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Friday, April 04, 2008

MSNBC: Men Are Slobs And Oppress Women

I was wondering when the latest "men are slovenly oppressors, keeping a sister down" article from the MSM would be published, and it turns out it was today. According to this article published by MSNBC, a study showed that:
  • Husbands create 7 extra hours of housework per week
  • Female home keeping is down 35% since 1976
  • Male home keeping is up 100% since 1976
  • Blah Blah Blah
The most shocking fact was that a women with three children spent more time cooking and cleaning than a single woman with no kids!1!11!eleven!! Oh, the Liberal horror!

Maybe I am being overly sensitive in this case. Lets take a critical look at this.
Having a husband creates an extra seven hours of housework each week for women, according to a new study. For men, tying the knot saves an hour of weekly chores.

"It's a well-known pattern," said lead researcher Frank Stafford, an economist at University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. "Men tend to work more outside the home, while women take on more of the household labor."
By golly this IS a well known pattern! It's been happening for at least 1,000,000 years. The men go out and secure the food, shelter, materials, sundries, and protects his brood, while the woman cares for the children, cooks the meals, makes the clothes, and cleans the cave/hut/tepee/duplex. This brings up yet another Liberal Quandary.

In the western world, women are liberated, and can pursue a career, make millions, become a mogul, and even become the leader of a nation. Yet in the third world, women are generally treated like second class citizens, breeding stock, animals, or worse. What's a progressive to do? All races are superior to Caucasians, all economic systems are superior to capitalism, women are superior to men, all religions or atheism are superior to Christianity... and yet...but... "ARRRRG! Give me another Zoloft and pass the blunt! 9/11 Was an inside job!!!"

To continue:
He points out individual differences among households exist. But in general, marriage means more housework for women and less for men. "And the situation gets worse for women when they have children," Stafford said.

Overall, times are a' changing in the American home. In 1976, women busied themselves with 26 weekly hours of sweeping-and-dusting work, compared with 17 hours in 2005. Men are pitching in more, more than doubling their housework hours from six in 1976 to 13 in 2005.
So housework is down 35% for women, and up 100% for men. Over all, women now perform 67% of the housework, compared to 81% 1976. And men are still culturally expected to be the main if not sole breadwinners.
Stafford analyzed time-diaries and questionnaires from a nationally representative sample of men and women over a 10-year period between 1996 and 2005. The federally-funded Liberal pork-barrel study showed that, compared with the single life, marriage meant more housework for both men and women.

"Marriage is no longer a man's path to less housework," Stafford said.

Single women in their 20s and 30s did the least housework, about 12 weekly hours, while married women in their 60s and 70s did the most — about 21 hours a week. Men showed a somewhat different pattern, with older men picking up the broom more often than younger men. Single guys worked the hardest around the house, trumping all age groups of married men. [WTF?!?!-ed]

Having kids boosts house chores even further. With more than three kids, for instance, wives took on more of the extra work, clocking about 28 hours a week compared with husbands' 10 hours.
I think the rest reads for itself.

-Tommy

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