Women perpetuate men are slackers to overcome guilt: Study



Women perpetuate men are slackers to overcome guilt: Study London: The idea that man shy away from doing household chores unless asked is being popularised by working women to overcome their "guilt" of failing to fulfill their duties as a housewife, a new study suggests.

The idea that men are slackers is being eternised by women who feel "an overwhelming sense of guilt" at having a career rather than fulfilling their traditional gender role of wife and mother, the study by Rebecca Meisenbach of Missouri University said.

"Women described retaining control over housework. They talked about their partners contributing to domestic chores, but almost always in response to being asked or told to do the task by the wife," Meisenbach asserted.

By highlighting stories of how men have to be told or asked to do specific chores in the home, these females are making sure they still fit gender boundaries of a wife as someone who manages the home and children, the Telegraph reported.

"They all gendered their partners' behaviour with comments like 'He's a man, they don't see that there is a mess' and 'My husband's a guy. He picks and chooses what chores he does'.

"But by gendering his behaviour, they were also gendering their own as women and mothers, instead of breadwinners," Meisenbach inferred after studying the behaviour of over 15,000 British career women.

Housework represents an interesting juxtaposition of control and over 60 percent said they enjoyed the control they experienced, the researcher revealed.

"Working women who provide the majority of household's income to the family continue to articulate themselves as the ones who 'see' household messes and needs as a way to retain claims to an element of a traditional feminine identity".

The study titled 'The Female Breadwinner' will be published in the journal Sex Roles this week.

PTI