Distribution of household chores

Household choresare often associated with women in the first place. Moreover, we notice that in the media and in collective thinking, women, most of the time, do the housework. Even children associate housework with their mother.

The subject of inequalities in household chores is all too often taken lightly. Indeed it is surely one of the biggest stereotypes of our time.

Yet it is also more than just a stereotype. The inequality is perfectly proven since the Institut de la Statistique du Québec (ISQ) has looked into the issue through various studies. It emerges from these studies that even if, in general, men clearly “improve”, there are still real gaps. In Canada, only 7.4% of women never do housework, compared to 13% of men, for example. While a woman will devote 26.6 hours to her domestic activities over a week, a man will devote only 17.5 hours (ie more than 10 hours less per week).

A small company that offers household services proposed to highlight these different studies through a more readable infographic.

Highlighted in this way, the subject of household chores becomes much more concrete and much more accessible for everyone. However, despite its playful side, infographics remain a particularly interesting tool in the detection of inequalities.

Watch the division of household chores infographic

Valued tasks and non-valued tasks

Beyond cleaning, infographics can highlight other interesting elements. For example, domestic chores, in greater quantity for women, are correlated with a decrease in free time, and a decrease in professional time.

In this sense, non-valued tasks (housekeeping, meal preparation, etc.) are done to the detriment of tasks that are better valued (free time for sports, training, studies, etc.).

It is also interesting to note that over 20 years, it is mainly the men who have improved, but that the women are not doing any less for all that!

Household injustice

It is quite difficult to justify this domestic injustice… One could indeed wonder why, after so many years, women do not demand perfect equality. Namely a real distribution of household chores, 50/50 in clear.

Researchers have looked into the question (1) and specified that this phenomenon could be due to a “subjective equality”. Understand by this that women are indulgent towards men. Indeed, when a woman does three times the cleaning of a man, they generally feel that they are doing their “fair share”. This is the impact of primary socialization: a real factor of internalization of the assignment of women to the domestic sphere.

You need help?

Do you have difficulty with the distribution of household chores? Has the conflict become recurring and frustrating? You no longer know how to negotiate the difference between what should be done by one and by the other? It can be a sign of a bigger problem in the relationship that even influences your sexuality. A consultation in couples therapy could be useful to you in these circumstances.

Sources and references

(1) Baxter and Smart, 2011; Huerta et al., 2011

**This article was written by Le Chiffon vert

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Distribution of household chores

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