Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Equality equals happiness - proof at last

Yessssss.... finally, some backing for what has always seemed to me to be a no-brainer. The Pew Research Center in Washington has surveyed 2000 couples about marital satisfaction and has concluded that sharing household chores is one of the most important factors.

This isn't a trivial issue. Not equalising housework was all very well when housework was what women did and out-of-housework was what men did. But all change - now everyone has a job and yet women still do the bulk of the childrearing and home-cleaning. For a partner to help isn't just easier all round - it's a sign of respect, concern and love.

Lads, I totally understand that you don't want to do the ironing because you find it boring and unfulfiling. But the hidden message in opting out of that stuff that you think it's OK for us to be bored and unfulfilled.