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Using information from the items and elsewhere, discuss the view that the domestic tasks between husband and wife have become equal

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NB; this got me 18/20, hope you use it well. Its quality! Using information from the items and elsewhere, discuss the view that the domestic tasks between husband and wife have become equal In the past it was obvious that woman did considerably more domestic work than men, this being mainly due to traditional views taken by society. The husband was seen as the breadwinner and protector whilst the woman was seen as a housewife and child carer. This view is known as the traditional Nuclear family (not including the offspring). In recent years it has become apparent that woman were not happy with this 'traditional' system so began to try and change it through a movement known as Feminism. The basic principle of the movement is to work towards equality of the sexes (In most forms of Feminism anyway). By comparison things have changed quite dramatically in recent times. The fundamental view is that woman and men are equal. This is not seen by many as entirely true. However the roles have become far more equal, for example a woman now has a much better chance of being in a well paid professional career and therefore gaining a higher status in society. ...read more.

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They believe that there has been a change from segregated conjugal roles to joint conjugal roles because of the wife withdrawing from her relationships with her female kin and because the husband is then drawn into the 'family circle'. So this is in direct conflict with Baxter and Westerns idea of segregated roles still being visible within the family. So Wilmott and Young do not believe that it is already shared equally but feel that it is getting that way and will be so in the future. In their research they found that the work difference between men and woman was not that great. Other independent research backs up this theory as it found that men do help more than they used to but we will actually have to wait until 2015 until total equality of domestic tasks. Oakley criticises Wilmott and Young and says that their idea of 'symmetry' is based on inadequate methodology. As she claimed that their theory was based on only one survey question which was worded so it could exaggerate the work done by men. The Guardian also published information that suggested that domestic tasks were unequal. ...read more.

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did not believe it needed to be done to make the relationship work. They believe that this can result in woman doing what they refer to as a 'triple shift'. This triple shift consists of the woman not only having to be in paid employment but also having to carry out emotional work as well as doing the majority of domestic tasks. To add my personal view to the argument I would have to say that from looking at both sides I believe that there is still quite a gulf between the amount of domestic work that men do and the amount woman do. I do not believe that marriages are at this moment in time symmetrical, though I do not believe it is fair to rule out the chance of marriages becoming symmetrical in the near future. There is strong evidence to suggest that men are doing many more domestic tasks than they used to, and are continuing to do more all the time. I believe that Dunne sums up the argument well when it is suggested 'That an equitable domestic division of labour can be achieved. However, it is hard to achieve in a culture that still differentiates so clearly between masculinity and femininity'. ...read more.

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