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Norwegian researchers were interested to see how married and cohabiting men and women divided housework and childcare throughout various life stages. They analyzed two separate studies involving nearly 20,000 men and women aged 18 to 79: the study of Life Course, Generation and Gender, and the study of the Norwegian Life Course, Ageing, and Generations. Participants respectively answered questions about the division of housework and childcare; their attitudes toward gender equality; as well as other variables like life stage and social class. The results showed 65 percent of couples equally or near-equally divided childcare, but not housework: Women reported doing all or almost all of the work in 11 percent of couples and "somewhat more of the work" in 60 percent of couples. About 25 percent of couples divided the work more equally, with younger couples, childless couples, and couples where the woman had a full-time job among those more likely to split domestic chores.



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Researchers did not find an association between a traditional share of housework (women do most of the work) and a lower risk of divorce " but they did report untraditional couples had a greater risk for divorce. Men who did as much or more of the housework were more likely to get divorced than couples where the woman did most of the housework over a period of four years.

#1 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-10-05 05:10 PM | Reply

The only housework I do is the maid.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2019-10-05 06:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Since Norwegian health care and Norwegian nationalization of oil can't happen here, I guess this can't happen here either.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-10-05 06:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Its a respect/primal thing.

You can't psych it.

#4 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-10-06 01:05 PM | Reply

One thing we made sure we understood when we got married was gender roles. We are both traditionalists. Mrs. Boaz cant cook very well (She's a vegan), but she's a stay at home mom for the last 30 years of marriage.

#5 | Posted by boaz at 2019-10-06 01:41 PM | Reply


You need to understand how and when things scale ....

#6 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-10-06 02:02 PM | Reply

"You need to understand how and when things scale ...."

Does health care scale?
How does scale impact the efficiency of risk pooling, Andrea, a mattress:
Is one risk pool with everybody in it more efficient than 1000 risk pools that are 1000 times smaller?

Your answer to this question will show if you know what you're talking about.
That's why I expect it to go unanswered.
It's way too much of a "gotcha."

Go talk about---------- again, that's really what you're good at doing.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-10-06 02:09 PM | Reply

This is more likely a result of how willing a woman is to submit to an unequal chores arrangement.

Some women will put up with a lot to get a green card.

Women with a career have less time for chores and better options for another relationship.

Maid marriages last longer. Not surprised.

#8 | Posted by bored at 2019-10-06 03:26 PM | Reply

You also have to define "housework". Fixing the house, cutting grass stuff like that is my job. Cleaning the toilets, --------- and washing dishes is her area. It works for us..

#9 | Posted by boaz at 2019-10-06 07:50 PM | Reply

How does scale impact the efficiency of risk pooling, Andrea, a mattress:

Not the risk pool fool ...

Healthcare system itself..

It's way too much of a "gotcha."

Not really .. you just don't think.

#10 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-10-06 08:41 PM | Reply

Women with a career have less time for chores and better options for another relationship.

Hence the high rate of divorce where the women makes more than the man.

Tells you alot about the equality, for a man its frowned upon to leave for younger better looking mate, but women its acceptable behavior.

#11 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-10-06 08:45 PM | Reply

Important advice. Now get me a beer, wench.

#12 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-10-07 01:31 AM | Reply

#11 Who frowns upon guys marrying trophy wives besides the first wives?

It is the impact on kids that is a concern no matter who leaves.

You must hang around strange people.

#13 | Posted by bored at 2019-10-07 01:54 AM | Reply

Our division of labor is somewhat unorthodox.

Bathrooms - me
Dusting - 50/50
Vacuuming - 65/35 - wife
Mopping the tile floors - 90/10 wife
Cooking - 95/5 - me
Cleaning the kitchen - 95/5 me
Fixing stuff around the house - 95/5 wife
Mowing the lawn - me
Pulling weeds - wife
Dealing with the snow - 90/10 me
Laundry - wife
Paying bills - wife
Grocery shopping/errands - 60/40 wife

#14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-10-07 07:25 AM | Reply

Way to cherry pick this one.

The first thing I thought when I read the summary is exactly what the researchers themselves say:

"The more a man does in the home, the higher the divorce rate," said Thomas Hansen, co-author of the study entitled "Gender Equality At Home," according to AFP. While researchers found no or very little cause-and-effect, they believe that the observation could be due to "modern" attitudes.

It may be traditional couples "hold a high value of marriage and a more traditional attitude towards divorce," while untraditional couples "may hold less of a traditional or modern view of marriage, whereby marital dissatisfaction more easily leads to marital break-up," according to the report.

"Modern couples are just that, both in the way they divide up the chores and in their perception of marriage" as being less sacred, Hansen said, stressing it was all about values. "In these modern couples, women also have a high level of education and a well-paid job, which makes them less dependent on their spouse financially. They can manage much easier if they divorce."

In the end it's still all about communication, respect and cooperation.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2019-10-07 11:37 AM | Reply

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