Why marriage can be a chore for women
[ 2007-03-07 08:44 ]
Marriage means increase
in housework for women.
Research shows that getting married prompts a 50 per cent increase in
When a woman is single, ironing, cleaning, cooking and other duties
take up about ten hours a week. But after they are married, or have simply
moved in with a boyfriend, they typically do 15 hours of housework every
week, according to a report in the latest edition of Economic Journal.
For men, the effect is opposite. Before getting married or starting to
cohabit, they do an average of seven hours' housework a week.
Afterwards-that drops to five hours. The research says that men are
willing to take a back seat because they think women enjoy taking control
of the house and all the duties.
But women say they are forced to spend much more time at the kitchen
sink because they are frustrated by the piles of dirty dishes left by
For many couples, the arrival of children means the housework duties
multiply, and many women tend to pick up the
The research, by the economist Helene Couprie, is based on a sample of
more than 12,000 men and women in the British Household Panel Survey. A
spokesman for the Economic Journal said it shows women tend to have more
of a 'taste' for housework because they do more than men, even when
Women who hate housework, but cannot persuade their husbands or
boyfriends to do it, could be helped by one compelling argument.
Scientists discovered recently that men could live longer if they did
more chores. Hiding away from household duties and shirking childcare can even lead to them
'dying of boredom'.
the lion's share : the greatest or best
compelling : drivingly
shirk: to avoid or
neglect (a duty or responsibility)（逃避；忽视<责任或职责>）