Is sharing chores such a daft idea?
A friend recently complained that his stay-at-home-wife and mother wasn’t pulling her weight on the home front. After slaving all day in front of a computer sitting in an ergonomic chair and climate-controlled office, with union-mandated lunch and coffee breaks, the poor possum had to come home and (gasp!) cook his own dinner.
He assumed, of course, that his wife and the mother of his children hadn’t been working all day. And he’s right. She hadn’t been working all day. She’d been working all morning, all evening, and all night.
My friend isn’t an anomaly. Many men mistakenly equate motherhood with housekeeping.
Susan Maushart horrified women everywhere when she wrote in The Mask of Motherhood that after the birth of her first child, a woman’s domestic workload increases by 91 per cent to an average of 55 hours and 48 minutes per week.
By contrast, her partner’s workload increases, on average, zero per cent. Read more.