In fact, over the course of my entire lifetime - 1960s to the current century - men have doubled the amount of housework they do. Laundry included.
AP reporter David Crary (whom I met last week, a nice guy who seems like he'd be open to doing laundry) sought out real world families to illustrate the findings of this study:
"We'll both talk about how we're so lucky to have someone who does more than their share," said Mary Melchoir, a Washington-based fundraiser for the National Organization for Women, who -- like her lawyer husband -- works full-time while raising 6-year-old triplets.(Hey, me too! I took apart the dishwasher last month to clean gunk out of the rotating sprayer arms. It was a blast!)
"He's the one who makes breakfast and folds the laundry," said Melchoir, 47. "I'm the one who fixes things around the house."
Though the study touts all the great advances men have made in helping out, Crary - thinking like a woman, bless his heart - cites the observations of one expert who points out men have advanced only so far:
Pamela Smock, a University of Michigan sociologist...said a persistent gender gap remains for what she called "invisible" household work -- scheduling children's medical appointments, buying the gifts they take to birthday parties, arranging holiday gatherings, for example.Ah, yes. Doctor's appointments. Buying gifts. Cooking the turkey. Men still have a ways to go. As do the women who love them.
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