The simultaneous devaluation of domestic work along with its continuous assignment to women is so pervasive that it shows up in research as well as life experience.
Dang, right after my post on emotional labor and gender went live, I saw this fantastic blog post, Women are literally expected to do all the chores, depressing study finds. Just… go read it.
The main take-home point was that when women make less money than their partners, they’re expected to take care of all of the domestic labor (including child-rearing) with few exceptions. This is the case even when women are employed, and it tends to be framed as a way of compensating for her lower income. But here’s the awful double-standard:
However, when a woman makes more money, she is still expected to take on the brunt of housework, but no extra expectation is placed on the lower-earning male, aside from the fact that he might be expected to become a stay-at-home parent. This presents an unfortunate reality: Housework is still considered women’s work, no matter what.
This makes me livid. That’s all I can say without launching into a bigger rant, which I don’t have time for today. But seriously… why aren’t we doing better about this as a society yet?!