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March 3rd, 2007

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03:19 pm - That's amazing!
Unsurprisingly, much of the commentary around this bit from the British Household Survey on gendered differences in the amount of housework done has focused on the fact that women's housework (defined as hours spent on it) goes up when they move in with a man (from 10 to 15 hours per week)while men's goes down (from 7 to 5 hours per week). What a surprise. What's considerably more surprising, to me at least, is that the total amount of housework goes up with the move from single abodes to joint ones (from an aggregate of 17 hours to 20 hours a week). Surely it should go down or, at worst, stay the same?
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Date:March 4th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)


Seems about right to me - one more person means more washing up, more clothes washing, more tidying, but it's certainly not double the time to do a bit more, so an increase of 3 hours makes sense.
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Date:March 4th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
I timed myself cleaning house yesterday. I did upstairs while pinky_si did downstairs. It took me a total of 3 hours and 20 mins for upstairs cos I had to wash floors too. I'm hoping it'll lessen the next time we clean - it's my turn to do downstairs next and I'll time that too. If it's any help Pinky_si finished cleaning downstairs well before I finished. Hopefully i'll get faster at it but I guess it depends on hangovers and tiredness!

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