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I'm not even going to pretty it up in an a href. This article states that the idea that women work more than men do is false and that's there's all sorts of equality when it comes to both work and housework/child rearing.

My ass.

I was so annoyed at this article, I made an account purely so I could post this on their forum:

I have two comments to make on this article.

First, I find it very difficult to take any article seriously when the link of the study cited, as well as the article itself, does not give any details of how many people were surveyed in this supposed extensive study, nor any other demographical information. (I would expect to find such information in an abstract, but even without, the full study not being available unless a $5 fee is paid seems unprofessional at best.)

Second, even with the blatant disregard for earlier findings to the contrary of this article, I am disappointed to note that there is no mention to the phenomenon known as the ‘double shift’. This term is used to describe women working a full-time job who then come home to a second ‘shift’ with child care duties and house work. In dual-income families, the woman is still expected to be the one to take up the household slack, even though the husband worked the same amount of hours, in these cases.

With no demographic data to turn to, I have no idea how many dual-income families were surveyed. Nor how many housewives (or househusbands, for that matter) were questioned, or overworked business men and women, etc. I don’t know how many people were surveyed from the United States versus those questioned in Europe. I’ve been given no facts, only conjectures.

Frankly, all this article does is attempt to discount women’s continuing struggle for equality in both the workplace and in their households. And I’m not pleased.

Current Mood: angry angry

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betacandy From: betacandy Date: April 24th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I also don't see where they polled who runs the errands? Fucking hell, that's at least a part-time job on its own. At least one of the commenters sort of mentions this, too.

But this is pretty much Slate's purpose. To prove that men are awesome and women are bitches and the 50's was the pinnacle of our society.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: April 24th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I vaguely recall hearing about Slate before. The annoying thing is that msn.com had it up as one of their top stories. *Rolls eyes*

But yeah, this article had very little thought put into it. The idea of anyone actually believing any of it makes me a sad panda.
betacandy From: betacandy Date: April 24th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure I know a few people who would believe it, but the forum discussion was very encouraging. No one seemed to believe it.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: April 24th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Nod* Yes, the forums were encouraging... save a couple peeps that I wanted to hit over the head with a mallot. But that's not too surprising.
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