Working women have long complained that their man doesn’t pull his weight on household chores.
But his lack of effort on the domestic front could actually be a myth created by his partner, researchers have found.
According to a major study, female breadwinners exaggerate their partner’s uselessness around the home because they feel guilty about devoting too much time to their career, and not enough to their role of wife and mother.
By nagging their man over his alleged shortcomings, women feel more feminine because they can control the traditionally female role of maintaining the home and family, experts say.
‘Working women who provide the majority of the household’s income continue to articulate themselves as the ones who “see” household messes and needs as a way to retain claim to an element of traditional female identity,’ said Dr Rebecca Meisenbach, professor of communication at Missouri University.
Dr Meisenbach questioned 15,000 American female breadwinners for the study, to be published in the journal Sex Roles this week.
I posted on a related topic recently, regarding a new study showing that children of working mothers live unhealthier lives.