Episode 111: Gender Equality in Parenting and Domestic Labor
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Ilia Danner Grubbs, Victoria Reynolds Farmer, and Katie Norman Grubbs discuss Darcy Lockman’s book All the Rage, and issues of gender equality in parenting and domestic labor.
SEGMENT 1: KNOWING
Introduction and personal background
SEGMENT 2: READING
- Term Definitions:
Individualism vs. Essentialism
Slackers vs. Helpers vs. Sharers
- Information about Disparities in Household Labor and How it Affects us
Discussion of three of the studies referenced in the book
- Steps Toward Change
Self Evaluation Questions:
- Who in your relationship has the leeway to forget something in parenthood or in household responsibilities?
- Have you and your partner ever explicitly discussed expectations for division of household labor? How has the division borne out in reality? Has it changed after children/job changes/or just over time?
- Who bears the responsibility for kinkeeping? (Relational maintenance outside the home)
- How much of your household work is “hidden” vs. how much is recognized and appreciated/applauded?
- How much of your household responsibilities are scafolded by the work of your partner?
- How much of your involvement in household work is discretionary? How much is expected?
- What happens if you choose not to do a task? Does your partner do it or does it remain undone until you go back to it?
- Do you notice when a task needs to be done, or are you “happy to help” if it is pointed out to you?
SEGMENT 3: PASSING ON
Ilia: Article about All the Rage on NPR
Men Do See the Mess article by The Conversation
All the Rage by Darcy Lockman
Victoria: A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz
Katie: Unfinished Business by Anne-Marie Slaughter