A Sunday Times lifestyle report today (6 June 2010) comments on the situation of household chore division in Singapore. Citing various family and marriage studies, the article highlights the benefits of a more equal division of labor at home, such as lower divorce rates and better sex lives. The current situation is still fairly bleak though. Local sociologist Paulin Straughan’s study in particular, shows that women still do about 4 times as much housework as men.
Why, despite the apparent benefits of a more equal division division of household chores and rising of gender equality, do women still bear the brunt of housework?
Pondering further, is it even desirable to achieve an equal division of housework in the first place? Is this a misconstrued aim?
What expectations do you personally have about housework division? Can you link your sentiments and thoughts to larger societal trends?