Title

Is Anyone Baking the Gender Roles?: How Same Sex Couples Divide Housework and Paid Work

Date

5-30-2013 9:15 AM

Location

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 235

Department

Sociology

Session Chair

Dean Braa

Session Title

Research and Praxis in Sociology

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Maureen Dolan

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Research on heterosexual couples has found that housework and paid work divisions are based on time, resources and gender ideology, while research on same sex couples has shown a division based on a more egalitarian concept of domestic labor. This research focused on how same sex couples divide paid work and housework. Data analysis was based on 81 online surveys. Results indicate couples typically shared three tasks equally regardless of work status and gender and dual worker families had similar housework hours. Skill, interest, time and multi-faceted ideas of equality played greater roles in task division than did gender ideology.

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May 30th, 9:15 AM

Is Anyone Baking the Gender Roles?: How Same Sex Couples Divide Housework and Paid Work

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 235

Research on heterosexual couples has found that housework and paid work divisions are based on time, resources and gender ideology, while research on same sex couples has shown a division based on a more egalitarian concept of domestic labor. This research focused on how same sex couples divide paid work and housework. Data analysis was based on 81 online surveys. Results indicate couples typically shared three tasks equally regardless of work status and gender and dual worker families had similar housework hours. Skill, interest, time and multi-faceted ideas of equality played greater roles in task division than did gender ideology.